It was recently revealed by the International Olympic Committee that a Fortnite Olympics event will soon take center stage at the Olympic Esports Series 2023, which will be held live in Singapore from the 22nd to the 25th of June.
This is the first event of its kind, with the IOC looking to adopt gaming and be much more progressive going forward. It’s not the Olympics, but a subset of the world-renowned sporting event that has been held every four years since 1924, and it’s going to put a spotlight on games like WBSC eBaseball, Just Dance, Gran Turismo, and of course, Fortnite.
Fortnite Is Heading to the Olympics
It’s all true, even if it’s not endorsed in any way by Epic Games. This year, twelve competitors that have qualified through the Fortnite Champion Series will embark on the journey of a lifetime as they compete at the inaugural Olympic Esports Series.
For those that make it all the way to the end of the tournament, there’s a live, in-person event scheduled to take place in Singapore from the 22nd to the 25th of June. However, not everything is as it seems, as these players aren’t taking part in the traditional battle royale mode that Fortnite is quite obviously known for.
During the Olympic Esports Series, those participating in the Fortnite event will step up to compete on a newly-created map – the International Shooting Sport Federation Island, created in Fortnite to facilitate the event. Instead of fighting one another, competitors will take place in a series of target aiming trials, which is designed to ‘best reflect sport shooting competitions’.
So, there won’t be any Olympic victory royales to be collected, but players will still earn their medals – and they’ll be the first in history to do so on the Fortnite platform.