21-24 July 2022 Jodrell Bank Observatory

Live from Tokyo 2020: The First Esports Olympics?

Professor Andy Miah is Co-Chair of the Esports Industry Collaboration programme at the University of Salford, Manchester, where he has been developing esports across the university since 2015. He is also Advisory Board member of the British Esports Association and Commission Member of the Global Esports Federation and author of Sport 2.0: Transforming Sports for a Digital World (MIT Press, 2017). In 2019, he established the Esports Science Insights platform, designed to bring critical insights from scientific research into esports, made available for the esports sector. His previous roles include digital media training for IAAF athletes and mentoring on the IOC Young Reporters Programme.

Talk: Live from Tokyo 2020: The First Esports Olympics?

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games begins during the bluedot weekend, amidst widespread expectation that this will be the world’s most technological Olympics ever. With autonomous vehicles, robot assistants, artificially intelligent camera technology, and an esports showcase event, the future of sport is on the cusp of some major transformations. Join Professor Andy Miah live from Tokyo for an event that takes you into the Olympic park to examine the hype and the reality of the brave new world of elite sports and why the future of all sports is esports. If you know someone who is obsessed with gaming, who watches other people play computer games on YouTube, or who can’t get enough of being a pro gamer, then bring them along to find out what the future of sports looks like.

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