eSports Olympic Demonstration Events

Computer gaming, e-sports, or electronic sports are terms used for the competitive arm of playing games on your computer. Although not considered a true sport by many people, there have been moves to include it as part of the Olympic Games program. In 2016 and 2018 there were demonstrations of the 'sport' held around the time of the Olympics. eSports has been made a medal event at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

2016 Rio Olympic Games

An international eSports competition (called the eGames) took place during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. It was an international gaming tournament where participants representing their country. These inaugural eGames took the form of a two-day pop up event during the Olympic Games. It was a medal-only competition, with no prize money awarded, just medals. Male and female eGamers (>18 years old) played in team and individual games.

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2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

In 2018, two eSports tournaments (for StarCraft II and Steep) organized by Intel (part of the Intel Extreme Masters series) and supported by the IOC will be held as unofficial demonstration sports prior to the Opening Ceremony.

2024 Paris Summer Olympics

The IOC has confirmed that they are not considering esports as a possible new addition for the 2024 Games in France, though there may be some form of online gaming integration with current sports.


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