The dates and venue for the inaugural eGames event has been announced by the International eGames Committee (IEGC). It’ll take place as a two-day pop up on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th of August at British House, Parque Lage, Rio, Brazil.
The event will also be broadcast to esports fans worldwide. Countries from all over the globe have now been invited to battle it out in the competition that will see professional gamers competing for medals and national pride as opposed to prize money.
Conrad Bird, Director, GREAT Britain Campaign said: “British House is the UK’s home away from home at Rio 2016, and we are delighted to be hosting the inaugural eGames as one of our exciting events.”
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey added: “The UK’s video game industry is world class, a result of the incredible pool of talent and innovation that exists within the sector. I’m delighted that the eGames event will be held at British House at a time when the world’s eyes will be turning to Rio, and wish all the competitors the best of luck.”
Situated at the foot of the iconic Corcovado, home to Christ the Redeemer, Parque Lage was built in the 19th century and remodelled by the Brazilian entrepreneur Enrique Lage in the 1920s. The gardens still retain some of their original design by British landscaping artist John Tyndale.
Wim Stocks, Chief Operating Officer, International eGames Group said: “We are honoured to have been invited by the UK Government to be in the British House to show the eGames to the world. The venue is truly special and completely unique, the same qualities of which will be emulated in the eGames.”