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Tokyo 2020 Olympics backs $500k World open E-sports competition in Japan featuring SFV and Rocket League.

Joe2187

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The International Olympic Committee and worldwide sponsor Intel have teamed up to announce the Intel World Open, an esports competition that will take place in the run-up to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.


The Intel World Open will feature Rocket League and Street Fighter V competitions in partnership with Psyonix/Epic Games and Capcom, respectively, with $250K USD awarded for each tournament for a grand total of $500K. Intel and the IOC will host the World Open finals at Tokyo’s Zepp DiverCity venue from July 22-24, 2020, with the Olympics themselves kicking off on July 24.

 
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FairyEmpire

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Oct 25, 2017
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Curious to see if TVs jump on the chance to show some official olympic eSports. In for Rocket League.
 

Zippo

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Awesome. In full support of this happening.

Daigo finna get a gold metal.
 

Kirblar

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From the wording in the article it sounds like SFV is probably a team tournament as it mentions being a complement to the 1v1 CPT and 3v3 SFL. 5v5?
 

Rice Eater

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This is the 3rd paragraph in that article

Online qualifiers will allow anyone from the participating countries to compete for a chance to be named to his or her national team, with a live qualifying event to be held in Katowice, Poland, in June to determine which teams will ultimately compete in Tokyo. Intel’s partner for the Intel Extreme Masters, ESL, will handle production for the World Open.
This will be a team tournament. No idea how many, but I imagine it'll be 3v3 or 5v5. For SFV, some countries have more strong talent than others so I wonder if a country can have multiple representatives. Japan for example could field multiple strong 5 man teams where as the UK or DR can definitely compete, but they would need all their best guys on 1 team.

Anyways, I'm really looking forward to this.
 

Kirblar

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How is Fortnite not getting picked, kids might actually watch the Olympics.
They actually go into this in the article. They prioritized watchability for casual viewers. (I also remember something about no guns being a factor when discussions about this popped up a year ago.)
Rocket League and Street Fighter V are very different games, but in the world of esports, they’re two of the most easily-understandable titles to watch. Psyonix’s Rocket League—now under the Epic Games umbrella following the recent studio acquisition—is just soccer with cars, albeit cars with rocket boosters that can drive along walls and soar through the air. And Street Fighter V builds on the series’ decades-old lineage, with straightforward melee action and large health bars to indicate the state of the match.

“When we’re working with the IOC and working on something like the Intel World Open, we’re really looking for the broadest audience and the most accessibility, and these two titles really lead well for that,” said Subotnick. “These two titles are something that the average consumer or audience member can look at and get what’s going on, and that’s unfortunately not always the case in esports. So that makes a lot of sense to work with these two partners.”
 

MadMod

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Great to hear, may check them out once they air :P easy accessible games, can see why they were picked. Start off accessible and maybe after a few more tournaments, get to the deeper, harder to understand games.
 

jett

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Pretty neat.

Japan team will be cleaning up in SFV.
 

Blueblur

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They’ve been trying to get something like this going for a while now because Ono has mentioned getting into the Olympics in Japanese interviews. This is neat.
 

mujun

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Holy shit! Surely this guarantees another season of characters and regular updates to the game.
 

Lulu

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SF the grandfather of competitive gaming finna be the one to take it to the next level too. I'm for it.
 

mutantmagnet

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While both games make sense it would've been neat if they took some risks and had a Monster Hunter World, Dark Souls, basically one of any type of nontraditional esports as a competition.
 

TitlePending

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I'm 100% in -- I just hope they broadcast the finals so I can watch it live EST. Who would be your dream team?
 

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Rocket League is gonna be so incredible. Fantastic that its getting this opportunity, Theres no other Esport like it.