Fortnite has officially become an Olympic eSport, as announced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Epic Games’ popular battle royale game will be in the upcoming Olympic Esports Week, joining the “sport shooting” category. The event will take place next month in Singapore.
Embracing eSports in the Olympics
The Olympics are evolving with the inclusion of eSports, bringing together the best of the gaming world with traditional athletic excellence. This transformation opens up exciting possibilities for both eSports enthusiasts and Olympic fans alike. Furthermore, the purposes of Olympic sports are in the following section.
The Purpose of Olympic eSports
- Fostering inclusivity:
The integration of eSports into the Olympics promotes inclusivity and acknowledges the dedication, skill, and competitive nature of gamers worldwide.
- Expanding audiences:
The addition of eSports to the Olympic lineup can attract younger generations, expanding viewership and creating new fans of the Olympic Games.
- Encouraging global collaboration:
eSports tournaments bring together players from different countries, fostering international camaraderie and sportsmanship.
Fortnite’s Olympic Tournament Format
The Olympic Fortnite tournament will be held on a specially designed island within the game, created exclusively for the event. Moreover, the competition will consist of the following:
- 12 players vying for the royale victory
- Participants selected from the Champion Series, Epic Games’ official championship
Fortnite Olympic eSport | Specially designed Island
The unique Fortnite Creative Island has been there to replicate the eSports shooting competition, challenging players’ aiming accuracy and navigation skills as they compete to win the Olympic Esports Series.
Furthermore, entrants for the Olympic Series will qualify through the Champions Series taking place this month. The finalists will be determined between May 12th and 14th during the FNCS Major 2 final.
Fortnite Olympic eSport Match Date and Titles
The Fortnite Olympic medal match is for June 24, 2023, during Olympic Esports Week. In addition to Fortnite, the IOC has confirmed tournaments for other gaming titles, such as:
- NBA 2K23
- Gran Turismo 7
- And more
The inclusion of Fortnite as an Olympic eSport marks a significant milestone for the gaming industry. The upcoming Olympic Esports Week will showcase the best Fortnite players from around the world, competing for Olympic glory. As the landscape of competitive gaming continues to evolve, fans can look forward to exciting developments and new opportunities in the world of eSports.