SINGAPORE, 27 May 2023 – Visitors to the inaugural Olympic Esports Week (OEW) can look forward to seeing Singapore players compete at the pinnacle of virtual sports at the first in-person finals of the Olympic Esports Series. Today, 14 players for 6 virtual sports were unveiled in a ceremony at the OEW community activations in Singapore Sports Hub. They will compete alongside more than 100 international players for the coveted title of Olympic Esports Series winner across 10 virtual sports.
Mr Alvin Tan, Co-chair of OEW 2023 Steering Committee, Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth & Trade and Industry, and Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, President of Singapore National Olympic Council, attended the ceremony and presented an OEW 2023 polo t-shirt to the Singapore players. They also tried out some of the virtual sports such as Gran Turismo and Tennis Clash that will feature as part of Olympic Esports Week at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre from 22 to 25 June 2023.
“It is an honour to represent Singapore in the finals of Olympic Esports Series 2023. Competing on home ground makes it more meaningful as my friends and family will be able to watch me and my teammates play against some of the best players. I’ve been practising Taekwondo since I was five years old, and I am looking forward to competing in a new virtual format at the upcoming finals of the Olympic Esports Series. The Olympic Esports Week is also an opportunity for the local audience to learn more about esports and active virtual sports,” said 14-year-old Jadon Yu – the youngest player to be fielded for Team Singapore.
Co-chair of the Local Organising Committee for OEW 2023, Mr Mark Chay, said: “We are proud to unveil our players who will be flying the Singapore flag high at the finals of the Olympic Esports Series 2023. Our local esports players will be able to raise their profiles within the fraternity and cement their arrival on the international esports stage as they compete alongside top players from around the world. The chance to be a part of the first-ever Olympic Esports Week will no doubt be a treasured memory of their respective esports journeys.”
Finalists for the Olympic Esports Series were selected following a rigorous process led by the respective game publishers, International Federations, and local National Sports Associations. To date, five titles have completed their selections and final qualifications are still going on for the remaining virtual sports. The list of Olympic Esports Series players from Singapore can be found in Annex A.
This weekend also marks the mid-point of the 50-day countdown to Olympic Esports Week 2023. The community activation trailer’s next location will be at Galaxis @ one-north from 29 May to 1 June, and it will continue to make its way across the island in the lead-up to the event. The public is welcome to visit the truck to try out some esports titles, compete to win attractive prizes and meet with key leaders in the world of esports and virtual sports.
The schedule for the trailer’s remaining stops is available below.
|27 – 28 May||Singapore Sports Hub|
|29 May – 1 June||Galaxis @ one-north|
|5 – 8 June||Capital Tower|
|9 – 11 June||Bugis+|
|12 – 18 June||Plaza Singapura|
|19 – 25 June||Raffles City Shopping Centre|
Tickets to the Olympic Esports Week are available for purchase at https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/olympics0623 with prices starting from S$10 per day. Three-day passes are available from S$20, ensuring that more can witness the making of history and enjoy the epic competitions between some of the world’s best players. Day passes for families (two adults and two students) are also available from S$25. Full event agenda for the Olympic Esports Week can be found at the ticketing website. In recognition of Visa’s long-standing partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Visa is the official and preferred way to pay for Olympic Esports Week tickets.
About the Olympic Esports Week
The first-ever Olympic Esports Week will take place from 22-25 June at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. The Olympic Esports Week is a festival of virtual sports and gaming created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). One of the highlights is the in-person live finals of the Olympic Esports Series 2023, a global virtual and simulated sports competition created by the IOC in collaboration with International Federations and game publishers. The Olympic Esports Series 2023 will feature games across 10 sports. The Olympic Esports Week will also feature exhibition matches and a free-to-play zone, as well as panel discussions among industry leaders. Tickets and the event schedule are available at https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/olympics0623.
Photo Credit: Olympic Esports Week.