TOKYO (Reuters) - Tech giant Intel Corp said on Wednesday it will use the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to show off a portfolio of new technology including artificial intelligence driven 3D tracking of athletes to augment broadcasts of events during the Games. The tracking technology will use mobile cameras to capture video of Olympic events that will be used to create visual overlays and analysis, the company announced in Tokyo. The Olympic showcase comes as the once-dominant chipmaker looks for new opportunities amid a forecast of modest profit growth over the next three years as its market share for personal computer chips shrinks. "This is a really good opportunity for us to showcase the microprocessor technologies that we have been developing for many years but also a lot of our work in software, in algorithms and broadcast enhancing experience," Rick Echevarria, general manager of Intel's Olympic Program, said at an event attended by members of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee. Intel also said it would use virtual reality to recreate images of venues to help train staff.
Officials from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) just convened to discuss how, if at all, they can integrate eSports into the world's most famous sporting stage. The forum, held over the weekend in Lausanne, Switzerland, brought international sporting professionals and administrators together with 150 members of the gaming community including publishers, pro players and media. While no firm plans were made to officially integrate eSports into the Olympics, the IOC and GAISF announced they'll form an Esports Liaison Group to keep the conversation going about potential collaboration. The liaison group is set to present at a series of events throughout the year, from the Olympism in Action Forum in Buenos Aires in early October to the Olympic Summit in late December in Tokyo. While one of the top officials on the Paris Olympic bid committee said last August that they'd hold talks with the IOC to get eSports inot the 2024 games, the forum's action is a far more measured response.
Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris bid committee, has confirmed that he will speak with the International Olympic Committee and eSports representatives about the full-fledged inclusion of competitive video gaming when the Games come to France in seven years' time. "We have to look at it because we can't say, 'It's not us. It's not about Olympics,'" Estanguet said in an interview with the Associated Press. "The youth, yes they are interested in eSport and this kind of thing. Let's try if we can find some bridges.
JAKARTA – Esports events will be contested at the Asian Games for the first time in Indonesia, with players and advocates hoping it will show skeptics that video gaming belongs in the big leagues. With the stakeholders hoping the demonstration event will help build the case for making esports a medal event in future Olympics, the activity must battle the stigma that it glorifies violence and exacerbates mental health issues linked to so-called gaming disorder. Game developer Konami Digital Entertainment Co.'s popular "Pro Evolution Soccer 2018" -- known in Japan as "Winning Eleven 2018" -- and Riot Games Inc.'s "League of Legends" battle arena game are among six titles selected for the event, which will start on Aug. 26 and run for seven days during the Asian Games. The sports, fighting and strategy card games used in esports have been gaining recognition. Reflecting their entry into the mainstream, professional sports organizations like the National Basketball Association and Formula One motor racing have legitimized gaming by establishing their own leagues and competitions, with prize money attached.
A referee watches over competitors play "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare" at an eSports video game tournament in Toronto, \March 26, 2017. Picture taken March 26, 2017. As athletes leap, lift and dive at the 2024 Paris Summer Games, will video game players also be competing for gold medals? Adding "eSports" to the roster could be the International Olympic Committee's next attempt to attract younger viewers. Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee, confirmed to the Associated Press that he will speak with the IOC and eSports representatives to assess the possibility of including eSports in the official Olympic program.