Intel to host IOC-sanctioned esports event in build-up to Tokyo Games – Sport Industry Group

Intel will host a virtual esports tournament in the build-up to the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, giving gamers around the world the chance to compete.

The Intel World Open will ‘elevate’ esports for global audiences, according to the technology brand, which is hosting the event as part of its Worldwide TOP Partnership with the IOC. The event was originally announced in September 2019 and set to run as a physical event in Katowice, Poland, a month before the Games, but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Intel is the Official Esports Event Partner of the Games, and the event will feature two of the most recognised esports titles – Street Fighter V: Champion Edition and Rocket League in an online regional tournament. 

Online qualifiers for Street Fighter V: Champion Edition and Rocket League start on 1st June, while participants can register to take part from 15th May.

“We are excited to bring the Intel World Open back as a virtual tournament and continue raising the stakes for esports,” said Marcus Kennedy, General Manager – Gaming and Esports Division, Intel.

“The Intel World Open exemplifies Intel’s global leadership in esports and PC gaming while delivering a pinnacle tournament on the world’s biggest sports stage.”

Players at any level will be able to compete in the Intel World Open, which kicks off with online Open Qualifiers, After weeks of open competition the field will be narrowed to top players who will compete in closed qualifiers for their spot in the regional finals.

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