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eSports could soon be a medal event in the Olympics

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eSports could be a part of the Olympic programme by 2024, making competitive video gaming an official medal event.

This announcement came in a recent interview between the Associated Press and co-president of the Paris Bid Committee, Tony Estanguet.

Estanguet confirmed he will to speak to the International Olympic Committee and major eSports representatives about including competitive video gaming when the Games go to France in 2024. In the interview, he sounded positive about testing the potential impact eSports could have on getting a younger demographic to connect with the Olympics.

“The youth, yes they are interested in eSport and this kind of thing. Let’s look at it. Let’s meet them. Let’s try to see if we can find some bridges… I think it’s interesting to interact with the IOC, with them, the eSports family, to better understand what the process is and why it is such a success.”

This news comes after eSports was accepted as a medal event in the 2022 Asian Games. While not as big a stage as the Olympics, the Asian Games are billed as the ‘second largest multi-sport event’ and will be an important testing ground for a sport that’s still in its infancy. To make the transition from the Asian Games to Olympics would be huge, pushing eSports into an unprecedented mainstream audience.

Unfortunately, it won’t be until after 2020, when the Olympic programme begins to form, that a definitive answer will be given on the subject. Additionally, supporters of the inclusion would need to win over IOC president Thomas Bach, who was not convinced.

“We are not yet 100% clear whether eSports is really sport, with regard to physical activity and what it needs to be considered sport.”

He did however agree that eSports has a huge pull with ‘the youth’. We’re sure that the predicted global audience of 600 million that eSports could generate by 2020 wouldn’t hurt either.

With eSports growing as a spectator sport at an astonishing rate and online viewership skyrocketing, it’s clear that there is an audience within the wider gaming community. What isn’t clear is how that will translate to the mainstream and the 2022 Asian Games will surely be an important indicator of things to come.

 

 

UK based gaming writer, raised on a diet of Street Fighter and Isometric RPG's. I enjoy playing every game I can get my grubby little hands on.

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Google engineers successfully hacked the PS Portal to run emulated PSP games

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After about a month of work, a couple of Google employees have successfully hacked the PS Portal, PlayStation’s handheld streaming solution. Their project is not set for public release anytime soon, but the hack is purely software-based, eliminating the need for hardware exploitation.

Andy Nguyen, a cloud vulnerability researcher, and Calle Svensson, a security engineer, shared their latest project on Twitter. They successfully ran the PSP emulator PPSSPP on the PS Portal. They presented the 2005 PSP classic Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

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As a wireless streaming device, the idea of playing games on the PS Portal without a PS5 providing the power was considered impossible. It’s quite surprising how quickly Nguyen and Svensson have overcome this initial hurdle. It remains to be seen where their efforts will take them, but we will definitely keep an eye on their progress. Nguyen expressed that there is still a lot of work left to do.

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Lady Gaga reveals collaboration with Fortnite for upcoming festival and addresses typo

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Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has teased an upcoming collaboration with Fortnite Festival set to be unveiled soon. More pertinent to our specific attention to detail, Gaga has also admitted to a mistake made around four years ago, indicating her keen awareness of the franchise’s significant value.

Gaga shared a mesmerizing picture of her character in Fortnite and also retweeted a post from 2019 where she asked her fans, “What’s fortnight?”. She finally got the chance to correctly spell the title of the game, allowing us to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting anxiously.

Lady Gaga will be teaming up with other top celebrities to maximize their presence on the Fortnite platform. Travis Scott once hosted a live concert in Battle Royale a couple of years ago, while the Weeknd just premiered the music video for the song “Popular” at the Fortnite Festival.

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Reflecting on Street Fighter 5’s tumultuous launch, Capcom looks back eight years later

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For those who may not recall, nearly eight years ago today, Street Fighter 5 was released in 2016 in a rather incomplete state. The content available was impressive initially, but the limited number of characters and lack of single-player game modes stood out. Capcom expresses regret for the entire situation, offering apologies years later for having “betrayed” players’ expectations.

On SF5’s eighth anniversary, the developers must be feeling nostalgic. They recently posted a Japanese-language tweet looking back on the mistakes made and the challenges that were eventually overcome. The number of playable characters has grown to 45, and the game has seen various enhancements, including the introduction of new abilities such as V Skills/Trigger II and V Shift. Even now, hundreds of thousands of players still choose to play this game instead of the newer Street Fighter 6.
Have you had the chance to try out Street Fighter 5 since it was first released? What do you recall about the game’s reception? Take a trip down memory lane in the comments section below.

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