The Steep Road to the Olympics esports – organised in partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Intel – already has a grand finalist from the UK.
The player known as CheVaBarba qualified to the grand finals via the Steep Road to the Olympics open beta, which took place from November 28th to December 5th.
He will be joined by three players who will qualify via the Steep Road to the Olympics expansion leaderboards and two wildcards within the Steep community.
The grand finals will take place at the ESL Studio in Katowice, Poland, on January 27th 2018, and the overall winner will receive an invitation to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
A shoutcaster tournament is also currently unfolding with all details available here.
Steep Road to the Olympics will also be present via Intel-based PC gaming kiosks throughout the Olympic Village, allowing attendees and athletes to test Alpine Skiing, Snowboard and Freestyle Skiing events, including Giant Slalom, Slalom, Super-G, Downhill, Parallel Giant Slalom, Halfpipe, Snowboard Cross, Slopestyle, Ski Halfpipe, Ski Cross and Ski Slopestyle.
Steep is an open world action sports game on PC, PS4 and Xbox One featuring skiing, snowboarding, paragliding, wingsuits, sledding, base jumping and more. The Road to the Olympics expansion launched earlier this month.
Intel Extreme Masters PyeongChang is an esports tournament that will take place in the lead up to the actual PyeongChang Winter Olympics. It’s open to any player, and features both Steep and StarCraft II.
To qualify via the Steep Road to the Olympics expansion, players will have to top the Slalom leaderboards before January 8th 2018. One player will be qualified per platform.
These six qualified players will then compete at the aforementioned grand finals. Here competitors will have to prove their worth on two distinct disciplines: Slopestyle (snowboarding) and Downhill (skiing).
The best competitor for each discipline will earn an invitation to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 opening ceremony.
More info can be found on the game’s website.
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