Gold Coast: What’s stopping E-sport Olympics coming to city

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Bond University Associate Professor of Computer Games James Birt says the Olympics of e-sports, The International, was fast overtaking conventional sports and was a perfect fit for the Gold Coast. All he needs is a new 15,000-seat indoor stadium.

Period5 Mar 2020

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  • TitleGold Coast: What’s stopping E-sport Olympics coming to city
    Degree of recognitionRegional
    Media name/outletGold Coast Bulletin
    Media typeWeb
    CountryAustralia
    Date5/03/20
    DescriptionOn par with the Superbowl, US Golf Open and the Eurovision Song Contest - The International could be the Gold Coast’s next big event, if only we change one thing. A LEADING academic is lobbying for the world’s biggest e-sports tournament – with a prize pool of more than $34 million – to be held on the Gold Coast. All he needs is a new 15,000-seat indoor stadium. Bond University Associate Professor of Computer Games James Birt says the Olympics of e-sports, The International, was fast overtaking conventional sports and was a perfect fit for the Gold Coast. He rates the week-long annual championship for the game Dota 2 to be on par with the Superbowl, US Golf Open and the Eurovision Song Contest.
    Producer/AuthorKirstin Payne, Gold Coast Bulletin
    PersonsJames Birt