Gran Turismo has had a partnership with the FIA for quite a while now. The partnership has allowed Gran Turismo to be one of the only FIA-sanctioned racing games for esports and online racing.
In fact, there was actually plans to allow players to earn a real FIA license by completing certain tests and events in Gran Turismo Sport. Though, those plans were changed before the game launched. Regardless, the FIA and Gran Turismo have maintained their relationship which is unique among the racing game market and pretty hard to top.
Yet, today in a surprise announcement, it was revealed that Gran Turismo Sport will become part of the Olympics. While that sounds pretty crazy, there is a caveat. You’re not going to see Gran Turismo players hanging out in Olympic Village next to the curling team and triathletes.
Instead, Gran Turismo Sport will officially become one of the events in the Olympic Virtual Series. As you might have guessed, the Olympic Virtual Series is comprised of esport events from various video games.
The sole motorsport event will be a FIA-sanctioned Gran Turismo Sport race series.
Why is the Olympics turning to esports? According to the IOC (International Olympic Committee), it’s “to reach new Olympic audiences, while also encouraging the development of physical and non-physical forms of sports in line with the recommendations of the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020+5.”
In other words the Olympics wants to try and reach younger audiences and be more inclusive. We see nothing wrong with that at all. Especially if it means bringing racing games to the Olympics.
Currently we don’t know exactly how the Gran Turismo event will be structured but we suspect that information will be made available very soon as the Olympic Virtual Series is set to start on May 13th, 2021 and go until June. That is a little less than a month from the time of this announcement.
As soon as we get more information we’ll update you guys. In the meantime, what do you think about Gran Turismo joining the Olympics, if not only virtually? Do you think this will benefit esports racing as a whole? Or do you think the Olympics need esports more than esports needs them?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.