The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the creation of the first ever Olympic Virtual Series (OVS), which will host competitions in virtual sports. One of the disciplines was the racing simulator Gran Turismo Sport.
The Olympic Virtual Series will be officially licensed by the IOC. The committee will work with five international sports federations and video game publishers. The list of virtual disciplines includes the car simulator Gran Turismo Sport, developed by the Japanese studio Polyphony Digital. In addition, esports players will compete in virtual baseball, cycling, rowing and sailing.
The first virtual competition under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee will take place from May 13 to June 23, 2021 – on the eve of the main program of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. According to IOC President Thomas Bach, the Virtual Olympic Series will be a unique digital experience that will expand interaction with new audiences in the field of virtual sports, as well as promote Olympic values, with a special focus on youth.
Last September, Aston Martin unveiled the AMR-C01, the first esports racing simulator in the history of the brand, developed in collaboration with technology studio Curv Racing Simulators. A total of 150 simulators will be built. Each will cost £ 57,500.