• PlayStation Exclusive Gran Turismo Is Going To Be An Official Olympic Sport in 2021!

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2020 was a big turning point in the history of mankind. Aside from the social and health-related implications of the Covid-19 pandemic, every corner of every industry has been affected and subsequently, changed – perhaps forever.

Take motorsports for example: anchored inside by lockdowns after lockdowns, race drivers had to adapt to keep training. So, they jumped inside racing simulators. Online racing competitions were created and this massive shift to the digital world is culminating with the Olympic Virtual Series – the first-ever, Olympic-license event for physical and non-physical virtual sports.

PlayStation Exclusive Gran Turismo Is Going To Be An Official Olympic Sport in 2021!
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Long story short, GranTurismo is going to be part of the said Olympic Virtual Series, together with cycling, rowing, sailing, and baseball. In other words, GranTurismo just made it as an Olympic sport.

There are still a lot of unknown details as in who and how will be able to compete. All we’re told by the International Olympic Committee’s President Thomas Bach is that “the Olympic Virtual Series […] aims to grow direct engagement with new audiences in the field of virtual sports” and that “it encourages sports participation and promotes the Olympic values, with a special focus on youth.”

PlayStation Exclusive Gran Turismo Is Going To Be An Official Olympic Sport in 2021!
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So, does this mean that racing teams will start scouting for new talent on Twitch? It could be, because online racing is a big thing and the coronavirus only made it grow and expand. Becoming an Olympic sport is also an astounding feat for GranTurismo itself, which has been around since 1997 and revolutionized virtual racing.

GranTurismo development actually started in 1992, when Kazunori Yamauchi and a team of seven decided to create a racing game like no other.

Development lasted for five years, and in 1997 the first GranTurismo was launched. Since then, the game’s popularity soared as it ticked a lot of boxes: the graphics were just right, gamers could try out a large number of licensed cars, driving physics were also on point, and players could even tune a car’s performance parameters.

PlayStation Exclusive Gran Turismo Is Going To Be An Official Olympic Sport in 2021!
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In the meantime, we’re waiting for the GranTurismo 7, the franchise’s latest instalment, which was announced back in June 2020 at the PS5 Future of Gaming event. As before, the GranTurismo will be only available on PlayStation consoles, with GT 7 being developed specifically for PlayStation 5.

Source: IOC

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