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​The Olympics Won't Include Esports Because They're 'Too Violent', IOC President Says

​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]:

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"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:

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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.

Topics: Entertainment, League of Legends, Esports, Technology

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.