Friday 3 February 2023

Kazan to host Phygital Games

The Phygital games melds physical sports with esports...

Esports in a brand-new format? Sounds intriguing.

On February 5-11 Kazan will host the Phygital Games, an innovative new international sports event. CS:GO, Warface, MLBB, Dota 2 and Speedrun are all on the menu.

To the surprise of both esports fans and players, the organizers have decided to utilize a phygital format.

What does it mean? As the name suggests, “phygital” means a combination of both physical and digital. All the competitions will follow this formula, combining popular titles such as Dota 2, CS:GO, MLBB and Warface with laser tag. In the future, this exciting new format will evolve further with the physical aspect involving other activities, especially for MOBA.

This LAN tournament serves as a qualifying event for the Games of Future that will take place in Kazan next March.

Speedrun comes on track

Dates: 5-8 February 2023

Four teams, containing three athletes from the speedrun underground community, will showcase their skills and how they can hack the video games. Each run consists of three stages, on three different platforms – retro console, modern PC and retro PC – with the fastest overall team emerging as the winners. The competitors are set to compete in classic adventure games such as "Super Mario Bros.", "Comix Zone" and "Chip'n'Dale", horror games "Resident Evil 2 Remake", "Little Nightmares", "Mirror's Edge", along with "Hitman: Codename 47", "Quake" and "Serious Sam: The First Encounter".

  • February 5 – group stage
  • February 6 – semi-finals
  • February 7 – finals
  • February 8 – laser tag show match
In MOBA we trust: Dota 2 vs. MLBB winners compete in laser tag

Dates: 6-8 February 2023
Dota 2 teams: One Move, Alpha, Keyd Stars, Matreshka
MLBB teams: FREAK FIVE, Genius Esports, Team Max, Rose Noire

Several famous MOBA games are also on the agenda for the Games of Future disciplines. The event organizers elected the laser tag as the physical discipline for the first edition, but in the future they are contemplating to create a competition closer to the games’ own universes and concepts.

The teams will compete according to the Olympic system adhering to the rules of esports. Once the e-competitions are over, much like with Speedrun, the teams will take on one another in a laser tag show match.
  • February 6 – semifinals
  • February 7 – finals
  • February 8 – laser tag show match
Tactical Challenge

Dates: 9-10 February 2023
CS:GO teams: Websterz, HOTU, WINDINGO, 9 Pandas
Warface teams: Repulse, Awinaw, MementoMori, Winstrike

While Speedrun and MOBA contestants compete in laser tag in the exhibition format, those teams vying for the Phygital trophies in tactical challenge will get an even more authentic phygital experience. These e-players will battle it out in the cyber arena first, playing CS:GO and Warface, before carrying their scores over to the laser tag field for the conclusion of the contest. The team winning a round in CS:GO or Warface gains 1 point, while the victory in laser tag earns a further 2 points.
  • February 9 – semi-finals
  • February 10 – finals
The series of tournaments will be broadcasted on the Games of Future channels on YouTube, Twitch, Trovo, as well as on VK Play and VK.

Phygital Games are held ahead of the international tournament Games of Future, which will take place in Kazan in 2024. The first Phygital Games were successfully held in Kazan in September 2022 and included four disciplines - phygital football (FIFA + futsal), phygital basketball (NBA + streetball), Beat Saber and drone racing. In November and December there were Phygital Games including racing (Assetto Corsa + karting), martial arts (Mortal Kombat 11 + MMA) and hockey (NHL 22 + 3*3 hockey). Teams from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Turkey, Bulgaria and Iran have already taken part in the tournaments of the new format.

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Games of Future consists of five challenges: sports, tactical, battle, speedrun and technically assisted challenge. Disciplines of Games of Future currently include 16 innovative, carefully selected and sorted by popularity with youth sports. For example, if you take phygital football – one team playing against other first in FIFA cyberfootball, and right after - same team - same athletes - come on the physical pitch, where they play 5X5 footsal. It is important to note that both traditional sport and cybersport parts are played by the same athletes - these are the modern type of sportsmen that have both physical and digital skills.

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