Olympic Revolution: Cybersports Debut at 2026 Olympics

The first ever Olympic Cybersports Games should be held in 2026 in Japan, the local Kyodo agency reported

by Sededin Dedovic
Olympic Revolution: Cybersports Debut at 2026 Olympics
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With Paris as the host of the 2024 Olympic Games, the sports world is preparing for a revolution. In addition to traditional disciplines, the world will witness the birth of a completely new dimension of competition - the Olympic Cybersport Games.

These games, also known as "esports" or "e-sports", are competitions in video games, and have now developed into serious and organized events both individually and in groups. There are several competitions in these sports, there are club competitions, national team competitions and the prizes and premiums are surprisingly large.

For nearly two decades now, e-sports have evolved into various forms of organized competition, especially among professional players. So-called "multiplayer" video games, where several players participate simultaneously, have become the norm.

Genres dominating the eSports world include real-time strategy (RTS), fighting games, first-person shooters (FPS), and multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games. Please note that this is not a children's competition, but rather experienced players with a great deal of competitiveness.

The revolution of esports and the Olympic Games

The next step in the evolution of eSports is the announcement of the first Olympic eSports Games, planned for 2026 in Japan. This news came via the Kyodo agency there, opening the door for virtual athletes around the world to compete in the most prestigious sporting event.

However, with the joy that accompanies this announcement, a number of questions arise about the details of the competition. To date, it is not clear what the qualifications for the Olympic Cybersports Games will look like, and there is also the question of whether countries like Russia and Belarus will have the opportunity to participate.

These countries, facing sporting sanctions for their role in the conflict in Ukraine since February 2022, remain in question over their participation in this major sporting event. Especially interesting is Russia, whose players have achieved many good results in this type of sport.

Cybersports fans around the world are eagerly awaiting the next step in this story. The Olympic Cybersports Games are expected to bring innovation, excitement and a new dimension of sportsmanship to the world's biggest sports stage.