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E-Sports Gran Turismo Sport Selected for First Ever Olympic Virtual Series

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Gran Turismo is set to become an official Olympic sport, as one of five official partners for the first ever Olympic Virtual Series (OVS) later this year

Also, besides racing and GTS, other available sports and games are
  • Baseball – World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) – eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 (Konami)
  • Cycling – Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) – Zwift (Zwift)
  • Motorsport – Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) – Gran Turismo (Polyphony Digital)
  • Rowing – World Rowing – TBA
  • Sailing – World Sailing – Virtual Regatta (Virtual Regatta)
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FIA and Gran Turismo have had a sponsoring relationship for some years now.
There's nothing else to this.
 
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Why not a more realistic racing game?, weird choice.
I always read people saying this, and I actually do sort of agree... but there have been multiple high level GTS players who have gone on to race real cars, and win real races - despite it not being the most realistic game.

I don't know if it just because it is the most popular and therefore just by the probabilities it happens that way, but it is kind of interesting. Racing games might be the single video game that actually does prepare you to participate in the real sport it is based on.
 

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Why not a more realistic racing game?, weird choice.
It is the most popular thought.
iRacing is probably the best option but its community is very small compared with GTS. The viewership on TVs are lower too.

GTS is basically the only option with enough audience.
 
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Because they're niche PC games almost no one has ever heard of?

I'm at a loss why esports is even in the Olympics. Maybe they should bring back singing too.
Why do people still act like everyone can be a pro player?

The video is not sped up btw.
The same way not everyone can be a chess world champion. Sports are not always about muscles, you know?

Some people are too deep on their "I can be anything I want" hole to understand that this is not true.
 
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Also, besides racing and GTS, other available sports and games are
  • Baseball – World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) – eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 (Konami)
  • Cycling – Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) – Zwift (Zwift)
  • Motorsport – Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) – Gran Turismo (Polyphony Digital)
  • Rowing – World Rowing – TBA
  • Sailing – World Sailing – Virtual Regatta (Virtual Regatta)
Official link :


 
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Why not a more realistic racing game?, weird choice.

It is the most popular thought.
iRacing is probably the best option but its community is very small compared with GTS. The viewership on TVs are lower too.

GTS is basically the only option with enough audience.

There are 3 reasons

1. iRacing isn't sponsored by FIA
2. GTS has a huge online community
3. Jimbo and Kaz

I always read people saying this, and I actually do sort of agree... but there have been multiple high level GTS players who have gone on to race real cars, and win real races - despite it not being the most realistic game.

I don't know if it just because it is the most popular and therefore just by the probabilities it happens that way, but it is kind of interesting. Racing games might be the single video game that actually does prepare you to participate in the real sport it is based on.

Yep. Bunch of Gran Turismo drivers are now in real racing teams
 

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If they´re as intense as some of the GTS races on the green hell events, sure why not. But they´re only really watchable because of the Italian duo commentating. Who does not want to see Hazal vs Fraga in the Olympics?

Only GT3, GT4 classes though please! No more Red Bull, Vacuum cleaner Races.
 
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I always read people saying this, and I actually do sort of agree... but there have been multiple high level GTS players who have gone on to race real cars, and win real races - despite it not being the most realistic game.

I don't know if it just because it is the most popular and therefore just by the probabilities it happens that way, but it is kind of interesting. Racing games might be the single video game that actually does prepare you to participate in the real sport it is based on.
Gt Sport is casual sim not hardcore but still has laser scanned tracks and decent physics. Not as refined as acc but at least you don't have to be both driver and engineer at the same time with proper setups configuration. Some mentions iracing here when many real drivers criticized its icy tyre model as being far from realistic. Also gts replays looks great and its very accessible so imho good choice.
 

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GT Sport tournaments are really nice to watch. The production values of the comentators, camera setups, the game replays and very high skill level of the drivers, make it more enjoyable to watch for me than real racing.

Igor Fraga, one of the drivers that has won a good amount of GT Sport tournaments also races in real life.