Super Smash Bros. is headed to the Olympics! Sort of.
Esports are officially sports -- at least as far as U.S. athletic visas are concerned -- so it makes a bit of sense that there should be videogames at the Olympics. These titles may not be technically associated with the actual Olympic games, but they are getting their chance in the sun in Rio later this month with an exhibition of their very own.
Running from August 15th to 16th, the Rio de Janeiro eGames Showcase will be hosting full-on, international tournaments for a pair of high-profile competitive games, specifically the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) Smite and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The eGames website features a host of professional players from around the world, including Leonardo "MK Leo" Lopez, Larry "Larry Lurr" Holland, and Elliot "Ally" Carroza-Oyarce, who came in first at the Smash for Wii U tournament at Evolution just last month.
The event is being put on by the International eGames Committee (IEGC), a non-profit launched earlier this year as part of the London Games Festival, with support from the UK government and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Like the Olympics, there will be a strong emphasis on the players' countries of origin, with six countries currently set to compete: the US, the UK, Canada, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, and host country Brazil.
Both games' tournaments will be livestreamed, with the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament kicking off on August 16th at 11:00 AM local time (or 7:00 AM PT).
Top image: Actually Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and not Smash Bros. at all. We're such fakers.