POLL — Olympic Esports Series began last week. Which game would you play?

Story by CBC Kids News • Published 2023-03-06 18:15

Events range from JustDance to Gran Turismo

Some of the most passionate esports players from around the world are getting set to compete.

Last week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) launched the Olympic Esports Series 2023, with amateur and professional athletes competing.

Qualification rounds started on March 3.

The tournament ends in June, with a live, in-person finals in Singapore, as part of the recently announced 2023 Olympics Esports Week.

The competition will stream live across the world on Olympics.com, and on their social media channels.

There are nine esports from different games, including:

The Olympics Esports Week was introduced in 2021 in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The first edition only featured four categories — baseball, cycling, rowing and sailing/motorsport.

Still, the IOC said it drew more than 250,000 participants from 100 countries around the world.

Left, a yellow racing car on the road. Right, a cartoon drawing of a woman dancing.

Gran Turismo, left, and JustDance are two of the games people are competing in as part of the Olympics Esports Week. (Image credit: Gran Turismo/Instagram, JustDancej/Instagram)

In 2020, the IOC recommended encouraging virtual sports to “further engage with video gaming communities” to stay relevant with youth.

Still, some fans were disappointed that other popular games were left out.

TikTokers react to the Olympic esports lineup. Left, @Blaze says League of Legends should have been included. Right, @raleighup says the IOC is ‘out of touch.’ (Image credit: Blaze/TikTok, raleighup/TikTok)

Now that the first stage of the Olympic esports competition is underway, CBC Kids News is curious to know what game you’d want to play.

If you could compete in any category, which esport would you choose?

Take our poll below!

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TOP IMAGE CREDIT: International Olympic Committee

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