Yes, Gran Turismo is coming back to the Olympics. Well, technically, it is the Olympic Esports Series as there is no actual global Olympics this year for the competition to piggyback on.
If you’ve been following the series, then you might know that Gran Turismo officially joined the Olympics Virtual Series in 2021.
It was a welcome decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to present a digital competition for motorsport, considering the fact that it hasn’t been a part of the Olympics since the 1900s.
Now, in 2023, the IOC has collaborated with the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) and the studio behind Gran Turismo 7, Polyphony Digital to make this digital Motor Sport Event a part of the first-ever Olympic Esports Week.
I’ve got the details that have been shared so far, so stay with me.
When Will It Happen?
The in-person final will run for four days from the 22nd of June to the 25th of June, 2023. However, qualification begins as early as April 13.
How Would It Work?
At the time of writing this, in-depth details about the format of the competition have not been disclosed. However, we know that qualification begins with an online trial that will open up on PS4 and PS5 versions of Gran Turismo 7 on April 13.
After the time trial, the top 16 drivers will progress to the final slated to take place at the Suntec Centre in Singapore from 22-25th June.
This is the first time that the competition will involve live, in-person finals, so it all sounds pretty exciting. All the action will be broadcast globally on the social channels of the Olympics, as well as the Olympics.com website.
There are other game categories involved in this competition too, as announced on the official Twitter account of The Olympic Games in the tweet below
I’ll be updating this page as more official details are shared, so you can bookmark it and check back in to see if anything new has come up. You can also read the full announcement on the official website of Gran Turismo.