ESports gets its own Olympics. The eGames were launched by the British government and will take place from now on every two years parallel to the respective summer and winter games. The start is 2016 with the eGames in Rio de Janeiro. In the moment the United States, Britain, Brazil and Canada are represented. What games are played is not yet determined.
Launched as part of the London Games Festival, on April 6th 2016, the eGames is an international gaming tournament where national pride is the prize.Supported by the UK Government, this not for profit initiative, has been set up with the aim of positively shaping the future of competitive eSports gaming. In line with other globally established sporting events, the eGames will be a medal only competition, with no prize money, but the opportunity to take home gold for your country.
Each country will have a national squad (eTeam) of gamers (male and female – over 18 years old) playing in team and individual games i.e. eTeam Britain, eTeam Canada etc.Participants will compete for medals: Gold (1st Place), Silver (2nd Place) and Bronze (3rd Place). The first full eGames will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018 and Tokyo, Japan in 2020. They will be taking place when there are no other major sporting events.During non-eGames years National Qualifiers will be held domestically to determine each countries participants for the eGames i.e. British Championships London 2017.
The IEGC is fully independent and is not assoociated with the IOC or the Olympic Games.