The Special Olympics has always made children and adults with special needs feel important and cherished by giving them to opportunity to shine as stars in the athletic world. Now, they are giving handi-capable people the chance to shine under a new light. Special Olympics are teaming up with Microsoft to host the first ever video game tournament at the USA 2018 Games in Seattle, Washington.
The event is the next step in Microsoft’s relationship with the Special Olympics which has been ongoing since 2014. Xbox game consoles will be provided by Microsoft and feature titles such as Forza Motorsport 7, Minecraft and more. For the Forza Motorsport competition, there will be eight teams. Each team will consist of an athlete with and an athlete without an intellectual disability. In an official announcement, Phil Spencer, head of gaming at Microsoft, said, “Competitive video gaming is enjoyed by players around the world, and our goal with this pilot tournament is to challenge biases and break down barriers while providing an empowering and fun experience for all players.”
We’re excited to announce that we’re sponsoring the first gaming tournament with the Special Olympics at the USA Games later this summer in Seattle https://t.co/pm3GKwrrRD
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May 22, 2018
Microsoft revealed last week their Adaptive Controller for Xbox, a versatile controller developed with help from AbleGamers, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Craig Hospital, SpecialEffect, and Warfighter Engaged that gives individuals with limited mobility to play and experience the joy of video games the same as anyone else.
The Special Olympic 2018 USA Games run from July 1-6.
For more about the Special Olympics gaming tournament, go to the official Special Olympic 2018 USA Games website.