It’s part of the inaugural Olympic Virtual Series.
When the original Gran Turismo game first arrived for the Sony Playstation way back in 1997, it forever altered the video game racing genre. Its abundance of cars, visual appeal, and emphasis on real-world physics made it an instant hit with gamers. However, we doubt anyone would’ve remotely guessed that one day, Gran Turismo would be a freaking Olympic sport. And yet, here we are, talking about this very topic 24 years later.
This truly is no joke. On April 22 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Gran Turismo would be part of the first-ever Olympic Virtual Series. The racing title joins virtual cycling, rowing, sailing, and baseball – all of which are Olympic-licensed events that will utilize various platforms from the games’ publishers for competition. The virtual series kicks off on May 13 and runs through June 23, wrapping up prior to the traditional Olympic Games scheduled for July in Tokyo.
“The Olympic Virtual Series is a new, unique Olympic digital experience that aims to grow direct engagement with new audiences in the field of virtual sports,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “Its conception is in line with Olympic Agenda 2020+5 and the IOC’s Digital Strategy. It encourages sports participation and promotes the Olympic values, with a special focus on youth.” For the full story, check out this article from Motor 1.