Microsoft Announces Special Olympics Forza Motorsport 7 Xbox Virtual Gaming Event
We’ve seen a number of major sporting events cancelled or postponed thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will likely see even more before the virus has run its course.
It’s not just the likes of the NHL and NASCAR that have been affected, though. Special Olympics events—in which athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities compete—have also been postponed. In many regions, the competition has moved online, with Special Olympics Virtual Games taking the place of more traditional sports.
Long-standing Special Olympics partner Microsoft has announced that it will team up with the organization for the 2020 Special Olympics Xbox Virtual Gaming Event, featuring Turn 10 Studios’ Forza Motorsport 7.
More than 35 athletes will participate, representing 11 states. You can watch the live-streamed tournament May 30 at 12 p.m. PST (3 p.m. EST) on Mixer, Xbox YouTube, or Twitch. The award ceremony will take place in Minecraft.
This isn’t the first time video gaming has been a component of Special Olympics. In the pre-COVID days, waaaay back in 2018, Xbox hosted a video-gaming tournament at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. That event also featured Forza Motorsport 7.