Microsoft and Special Olympics announced that they are teaming up for the 2020 Special Olympics Xbox Virtual Gaming Event featuring Turn 10 Studios’ Forza Motorsport 7.
"With athletic training and competitions currently postponed due to COVID-19, Special Olympics is looking for new ways to connect, compete, and just have fun," says the Special Olympics announcement.
"Enveloping this event will be stories of the athletes themselves—allowing a broad fanbase to know who they are, what they care about, how they are feeling—and cheer them on as they discover new community and excitement in playing Forza Motorsport 7. Eleven states will be represented in this year’s event with over 35 athletes participating."
The Xbox Gaming Tournament at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games(Picture: Special Olympics)
It will be also interesting to see a first-ever Special Olympics award ceremony in Minecraft, which will be a part of the event. During the COVID-19 outbreak, Minecraft became a safe place for many as a substitute for their cancelled real-life events, like Japanese online graduation ceremonies in Minecraft.
This is not the first time that Microsoft and Special Olympics are organising esports events. Back in 2018, Microsoft hosted The Xbox Gaming Tournament at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.