All of the video games included in the Olympic Virtual Series are based on real-world sports, rather than being ‘classic’ esports games such as League of Legends or Counter-Strike. That’s down to the International Olympic Committee’s agenda, which is designed around “encouraging the development of physical and non-physical forms of sports”.
“The Olympic Virtual Series is a new, unique Olympic digital experience that aims to grow direct engagement with new audiences in the field of virtual sports,” said IOC President, Thomas Bach. “Its conception is in line with Olympic Agenda 2020+5 and the IOC’s Digital Strategy. It encourages sports participation and promotes the Olympic values, with a special focus on youth.”
The Olympic Virtual Series event itself will begin on May 13, taking place ahead of the main Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, which was delayed from last year to July 2021 due to the pandemic.
If you like your Olympic events virtual, then maybe Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is the game for you. Like the OVS, it’s real sports made digital, and allows you to play well ahead of the main Tokyo event itself.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.