The Olympics Won't Include Esports Because They're 'Too Violent', IOC President Says
The President of the International Olympic Committee says eSports won't appear in future Olympic Games due to the violent nature of popular competitive games.
This was revealed during an interview with AP at the recent Asian Games - where video games featured as a trial run for other multinational events. Thomas Bach explained [via Independent]:
"We cannot have in the Olympic program a game which is promoting violence or discrimination, so-called 'killer games'. They, from our point of view, are contradictory to the Olympic values and cannot therefore be accepted."
Putting video games and the Olympics in the same sentence would have been laughed at a few years ago, so the fact that it's been tested and considered just shows how far gaming has come - but if it did actually happen, is it what eSports fans want? Here's your reaction to the news:
Oh no the Olympics doesn't want esports.
How will we ever cope... life is now meaningless.
Or we could just carry on as we have been doing and not hope all the players are desperate to play for no money and a medal.
- Brice (@Bricetacular) September 3, 2018
Esports won't be part of the Olympics because of "violence" but shooting guns is part of the Olympics. I don't care for esports being excluded, but the committee that decided clicking at pixels in a game is more threatening than pulling a trigger has some damn good crack pipes.
- DukeSloth (@DukeSlothTV) September 3, 2018
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IOC: Hey, esports. Wanna be in the Olympics?
Esports: Really not fussed to be ho--
IOC: Cos you can't
Esports: Ok, fine by us. We're doing great as it i-
IOC: Cos you're violent. Ha! We don't want you
Esports: Right, I'm leaving now
IOC: YOU. CAN'T. JOIN.
- Thorin (@Thooorin) September 1, 2018
So the Olympic comission have said that esports can't be considered for admission because of the combat aspect.
Weird considering they have.
Olympic Boxing, Fencing, Freestyle Wrestling, Greco-Roman Wrestling + Shooting Events, Judo, Taekwondo
- Noxy @ Hypixel (@Noxywoxy) September 3, 2018
Anyone who thinks esports should be in the olympics needs to take a long hard look at themselves in the mirror.
- Low Def Al (@LowDefAl) September 4, 2018
320 million people tuned into the Asian Games, and reaction to the eSports inclusion was reportedly positive, which is why there are calls for it to come to the Olympics. No, matches weren't competitive at the Asian Games this time around, but there's mass support to make them so for the next event in four years.
However, popular eSports titles like League of Legends and DOTA 2 will not be included. In order to meet "the standards set by the International Olympic Committee," more sport-focused games will be on show.
Alisports CEO Zhang Dazhong, who partnered with the Olympic Council of Asia, said [via CNA]: "Esports should be about sports, not entertainment and about the honour of representing your country."
In other words, titles like Pro Evolution Soccer will lead the way during the next Asian Games at Hangzhou in China - but will 'real' sports titles be able to generate the same viewing numbers as so-called "violent" ones? Only time will tell.
But what do you think about this news? Would you like see eSports at the next Olympic Games? Should the gaming world be left out of mainstream competitions? Let us know.