The eGames International Gaming Tournament – The Olympics For Video Games

Some people argue that video games take as much skill and preparation as actual sports, hence the attraction for people to take part in the competitions that now offer millions in rewards. In light of this, we want to introduce everyone to the eGames International gaming tournament.

Set to debut this summer alongside the summer Olympic games in Rio, the eGames International gaming tournament will take place in every Olympic year, be it the summer or winter games, and will take place in the Olympic games host cities. That means after Rio we will get a tournament in Pyeongchang in 2018 and one in Tokyo in 2020.

In the years in between people can accept national qualifiers, making the games as equal as the sporty Olympic games. Open to gamers of all kinds aged 18 and over, gamers can expect to face some tough competitions from all over the world as they face the world to represent their countries.

In Brazil, the game will be show-cased with a two-day pop-up tournament and the event already has the backing of Britain, Canada, Brazil and the USA. Designed as a not-for-profit initiative, the schemes been set up with support from the UK government and with aims of “positively shaping the future of competitive eSports gaming”.

With Gold, Silver and Bronze medals on the line, will gamers be enticed to step away from prize pots for the chance to gain national recognition? With more details coming out this month and in May, we may see a list of the games that participating countries will be facing off against each other in.

Video Games Should Be Made an Olympic Sport, Says Warcraft Creator

e-Sports, or competitive video gaming, should be made an Olympic event, according to the creator of Warcraft. Rob Pardo, who left his position as Chief Creative Officer at game developer Blizzard Entertainment earlier this year, spoke passionately to the BBC about his desire for Olympic recognition of video games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

“There’s a very good argument for e-sports being in the Olympics,” said Pardo. “I think the way that you look at e-sports is that it’s a very competitive skillset and you look at these professional gamers and the reflexes are lightning quick and their having to make very quick decisions on the fly. When you look at their ‘actions per minute’, they’re clearing over 300.”

Gaining recognition as an Olympic sport by the IOC is an arduous process, particularly since the organisation capped the number of sports allowed at the Games. Adding further complication, being added to the Olympic roster doesn’t mean an automatic place at the Games, only that a case for its inclusion can be made to the IOC.

It is debatable whether e-sports even qualifies, or whether it would be regarded as a “mind sport”, like chess. The IOC have long refused chess a place at the Games for this reason.

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All-Robot Event Heading to Japan 2020 Olympics

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has begun preparations for the 2020 Olympics, and while all the usual events will still be taking place in six years time, he has plans to shake things up with a completely new event designed exclusively for robots!

Abe has expressed interest in hosting an Olympic event exclusively for robots, “I would like to gather all of the world’s robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills,” Abe said when speaking with Agence France Presse. “We want to make robots a major pillar of our economic growth strategy.” he added.

With RoboCup, RoboGames and the DARPA Robotics Challenge to name but a few of the current robotic proving grounds, added something to the Olympics, even if it is just a gimmick to a certain extent, could be a great way of providing a more public gallery for many robotics developers to really show off their work to a wider audience. Abe also hopes that pushing these developments could help bring economic benefits.

What they didn’t say is what kind of events they could hold for the robots, but I’m sure our readers have a few suggestions, right? Let us know in the comments section below.

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First Robot Olympics To be Hosted by Tokyo in 2020

Japan has high hopes of bringing a new type of Olympics in 2020, alongside the actual summer games. Shimzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, said that he hopes to bring the world’s first Robot Olympics, having discussed the creation of ‘robotic revolution’. He apparently wants to gather all robots around the world and place them in an event where they could compete based on their technological skills. Abe states that this event could increase the value seen in the robotics industry, while also boosting the nation’s economy and encourage people to sign up for the robot factory workforce.

It is not currently clear on what to expect from the event just yet. The Prime Minister is said to be keen on showing off technical talents for robots, focusing on care and industrial use. It is said that there are more and more reports about robots taking over human jobs, with 47% of the US labor (702 humans) being threatened by the change. One example of a technologically advanced robot is Baxter, made by Rethink Robotics, who can already learn from human factory supervisors. Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are also said to be working on a robot that can think like a person, with many more examples being out there. Therefore, it’s everybody’s guess on what to expect from the 2020 Robot Olympics.

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Russian Snowboarder’s iPhone Crashes After Receiving 2000+ Messages During Olympics

We now know that an iPhone has its limits in terms of text messages, thanks to Russian Olympic snowboarder, Alexey Sobolev, who wrote his phone number on his helmet and wore it during a run.

Now I know everyone would ask why on earth did he do that. Well, some may think that he was bored, but an obvious reason would be to get admirers, especially female ones. In the end he got what he wanted, more than he was expecting even. He go over 2000 text messages from people all around the world.

And this is the most interesting part though. It is said that when he tried to respond to one of his admirers, his iPhone crashed. Now how about that? You really do have a limit it seems. Luckily though, he was able to to start it again and all was fine.

However, the stunt did not go unnoticed, since he was banned by the committee from showing his number again on the next run and had to cover it up. No matter though, because his number is already out there, generating virtual tears for his iPhone, which is expected to be flooded by messages in the following days.

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Jamaica’s Bobsleigh Team Gets A Helping Hand With Dogecoin Donations

After a staggering 12 year absence, the Jamaican bobsleigh team was almost unable to compete at next months games in Sochi, Russia. The two man team is made up of driver Winston Watts and brakeman Marvin Dixon who will be representing Jamaica, something that has gone on to inspire many around the world due to the cult classic movie Cool Running, which saw a Jamaican bobsleigh team enter the Olympics.

Mr Watts has already pored around $150,000 of his own money into ensuring qualification, but financial constraints were preventing the team from flying to Europe, where they hope to take part in the final qualifying races. At which point the Jamaica Olympic Association said it would cover the teams travel costs, and the Sochi organising committee would also lend a hand, but it still wasn’t enough as the team still needed much equipment… that’s where the internet comes in!

Users of Reddit and their beloved Dogecoins joined forces to kick up a fund raised for the team and shortly after there were donations being gathered on Reddit, as well as direct donations being pored into the teams direct appeal website.

“As someone who grew up in the 90s, [the 1993 Disney film] Cool Runnings was the ultimate feel-good movie about underdogs out of their element achieving their dreams. We started without a concrete plan in mind. I sent a few emails out… but that was the extent of it,”

Jamaica qualified for the Olympics back in 88′, a move that inspired the movie Cool Runnings, and its great that it did because it’s the movie that has inspired a new generation to open their pockets and help the new team raise more that $110,000 via on-line fundraisers, and that number just keeps on growing.

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