Forza and Rocket League to feature in Special Olympics

Forza and Rocket League to feature in Special Olympics

The Special Olympics have partnered up with Microsoft to host a gaming event for athletes who have disabilities, and two of the games will be Forza Motorsport 7 and Rocket League.

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Having initially forged a partnership back in 2014, Microsoft and the Special Olympics first hosted a gaming tournament for their participants back in 2018 – in support of the Seattle Special Olympics Games – which featured Forza Motorsport 7 in its line-up.

The event featured FM7 once again in 2020 as the tournament shifted to online, and was due to be held this year in support of the Winter Special Olympic Games which has now been pushed to 2022. The tournament will be held across three days from 12-14 September on three different titles, with the first two days being held on Forza Motorsport 7 and the car football game Rocket League.

There will also be an all-stars event on September 18 for big names from the world of basketball, American football and wrestling alike.

Accessibility and inclusivity

Rocket League has been a huge success in the esports world
Rocket League has been a huge success in the esports world. Image credit: Psyonix

In a competition priding themselves on being able to give it a go, Forza Motorsport 7 and Rocket League are both formidably fitting choices. Forza has always been a racing title more suited to controller players as opposed to many of its counterparts which lean more towards wheel and pedals. Forza’s handling model also helps newcomers to get to grips with the game quickly.

As for Rocket League, it has had an incredible rise since it debuted back in 2015, becoming one of the biggest esports in the world. Its addictive and satisfying gameplay mixed with its competitive play makes it an ideal choice in an event such as this.

To watch this tournament, you can either go to Microsoft’s Smash.gg esports platform, the official Xbox Twitch channel or the official Special Olympics YouTube channel.

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Luca Munro
Biggest esports racing fan in the world.