Intel continues to make in-roads for esports at the Olympics, locking in a partnership with the International Olympic Committee, the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and an array of partners for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The announcement included news that Intel would host the Intel World Open esports tournament ahead of the Games, which builds on the first esports experience delivered at Intel Extreme Masters PyeongChang.
The Intel World Open will feature Capcom’s Street Fighter V and Psyonix’s Rocket League, with online qualifiers kicking in during early 2020 where any player at any level can compete for a chance to join their national team. A live qualifier event in Katowice in June will determine which teams will advance to the championship esports tournament in Tokyo from July 22-24, 2020, leading into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The live finals in Tokyo will host fans at the Zepp DiverCity venue. Intel will also power all of the live Intel World Open events with the Intel Core i7 gaming processor, as well as the PCs used in the broadcasts and complete backend infrastructure.
“We are excited Intel is bringing the Intel World Open esports tournament to Japan in the lead up to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. As we explore the engagement between esports and the Olympic Movement we are looking forward to learning from this event and continuing to engage with the passionate esports community from around the world,” said Kit McConnell, IOC Sports Director.