The UK wants to make an olympics for eSports

The eGames is a UK-backed international tournament for gamers looking to win a gold medal.

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The UK is throwing its weight behind a plan to launch an international sporting event that'll mirror the olympics, but for eSports. The eGames is a tournament backed by the government which will invite players from around the world to compete at various challenges. The successful eAthlete (or eAthletes) will be eligible to win medals, although no prize money will be handed out, much like the real Olympic Games. A handful of countries have already signed up, including Britain, Canada, Brazil and the US, and the first event will take place in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Games. The two-day competition will be used as a showcase in the hope of encouraging more players from other countries to sign up.