The World Outgames was born with a big bang in Montreal, Canada, in 2006. With more than 18,000 participants from 111 countries as conference delegates, athletes, volunteers or participants in the cultural program, the 1st World Outgames was able to exceed its participation and attendance targets.
World Outgames 2006 was presented in cooperation with the government of Canada, the government of Quebec, the city of Montreal, Radio Canada, and Tourisme Montreal. The organization also worked in partnership with Bell Canada, Labatt Breweries, CGI, the STM and Solotech. In all, World Outgames 2006 enjoyed the support and sponsorship of more than 131 partners and sponsors from around the world.
Copenhagen was selected to host the 2nd World Outgames in 2009 after a competition with several other cities. From now on, the World Outgames will be a quadrennial event with the next edition to be held in 2013. The host city for the 2013 games will be announced in 2008.