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Special Olympics Partners With Microsoft In Gaming For Inclusion Event

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Special Olympics and Microsoft are teaming up to host the inaugural Gaming for Inclusion esports experience to showcase the power of inclusion through sport.

The following is an excerpt from the article titled Special Olympics Begin Inclusive Esports Initiative published by DBLTAP.

"We're ecstatic to build upon Microsoft's partnership with Special Olympics, which first began in 2014, to further focus on gaming and host Gaming for Inclusion," said head of Xbox Social Impact Jenn Panattoni.

"Our goal is to make gaming inclusive and welcoming to all players so that everyone can experience the joys of gaming. This tournament is a meaningful and important step in making esports more accessible and it empowers Special Olympics athletes with a new way to compete."

The tournament will feature brackets for each game hosted on the Microsoft-owned Smash.gg, and the action will be broadcast on the Xbox Twitch channel and the Special Olympics YouTube channel. Each game will get its own day:

  • Sept. 12: Rocket League
  • Sept. 13: Forza Motorsport 7
  • Sept. 14: Madden NFL 22
  • Sept. 18: Celebrity showcase
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