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International Olympic Committee unveils Olympic Virtual Series

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has partnered with five international sports federations and video game publishers to produce the Olympic Virtual Series (OVS), the first Olympic-licensed event for virtual sports. DreamHack Sports Games, MTG’s sports simulation business unit, has been selected to handle OVS’ marketing and production. Image credit: International Olympic CommitteeRELATED: Global Esports Federation and Olympic Council of Asia enter alliance The event, timed to coincide with the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, will take place between May 13th and June 23rd and features virtual sports and esports across baseball, cycling, rowing, sailing, and motorsport. Some of the titles selected for the event include eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020, Zwift, Virtual Regatta, and Gran Turismo. It has yet to be revealed which title will be used for OVS’ rowing event.   IOC President Thomas Bach commented on the news in a release: “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.

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