Olympics Esports opening ceremony scrapes past 1k concurrent viewers on YouTube


Olympics Esports opening ceremony scrapes past 1k concurrent viewers on YouTube
By: Connor Makar Posted: June 23, 2023

The Olympic Esports opening ceremony kicked off today, barely scraping past a 1,000 concurrent YouTube viewer peak over the course of the bombastic event. Now a video on demand, it sits at 10,000 total views several hours later.

It featured several live music and dance performances, as well as talks from members of the Olympic Council, Internation Olympic Comittee, and the president of the Republic of Signapore! The in-person crowd was packed full of suits and ties likely attending the Olympic Esports Forum – an invite-only event packed with industry talks and idea sharing. That’s what the Olympics is all about, baby!

The opening Ceremony, streamed live on YouTube and on the official Olympics website, kicks of a series of competitive events. On one hand you’ve got Chess, Street Fighter 6, Gran Turismo and Fortnite – all games with genuine esports communities across the globe. On the other hand you have Just Dance and Zwift. Not exactly bustling esports games, but popular nontheless. The remaining games can be found in the corner without much of a esports scene to speak of. Games like Tic Tac Bow and Virtual Taekwondo being developed by Refract Technologies, a company with leadership sitting on nation esports organisations (thanks Gamerbraves).

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