DETROIT (WWJ) – Let the games begin! The Live Downtown Detroit games may not be the Olympics, but there’s still a lot at stake for the city in this competition.

The 2013 games are aimed at encouraging more people, especially young people, to live and work downtown. The efforts also include financial incentives to get more people to move into the city.

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Employees from six companies face-off during lunch and after work hours over the next five days in their own Olympic-style competition. Highlights include the executive bungee run – following the opening ceremonies – a Detroit scavenger hunt and a field day.

WWJ’s Pat Sweeting talked to the Vice-President of Human Resources at DTE Larry Steward about the timing of these games along with the recent bankruptcy filing by the city of Detroit.

” … there are a lot of good things on the horizon for Detroit. I think that as you can see here, with all the young people here downtown, I think the future’s bright,” said Steward.

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This year, Marketing Associates joins the competition, taking part along with Blue Cross Blue Shield, DTE Energy, Quicken Loans and Strategic Staffing Solutions.

Organizers say the inaugural 2012 games were a huge success, helped connect people all around the city and contributed to a positive growth, momentum and community within Detroit.

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The winner will be crowned in closing ceremonies on Friday.  Last year, Compuware took home top honors in the inaugural Live Downtown games.