Posted 6th May 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Esports being an actual sport is still debatable up to this day. Regardless, competitive gaming or esports is now as popular as traditional sports in terms of revenue, players, and viewership. Many still say that the numbers are expected to get bigger by 2020. As a response to its growing popularity, the Olympic games opened its doors to esports.
Last year, it was announced that esports will be an official medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is still trying to understand the esports phenomenon and having a hard time deciding to include it in the Olympics line-up. But now, it is said that the organizers of the Paris 2024 Olympic games are in “deep talks” with the International Esports Federation (IEF) about hosting a professional esports tournament. Both agreed that it would be a medal competition, but they made sure that the organizers will take measures and considerations if it ever becomes a major competition.
Thomas Bach, the president of IOC, strongly stated that there will be restrictions on what type of games they are going to accept.Olympic esports should go hand in hand with the values and principles of traditional sports so games with the promotion of violence will not be permitted, and first-person shooter type of games are completely barred. Bach explained the said restriction in the interview: “The IOC is a very rules-based organization therefore in order to be recognized in a way by the Olympic movement it is not enough just to show physical activity. And the red line would be egames which are killer games, where you have the promotion of violence or any kind of discrimination as a content.”
Giant brands, sports teams, casinos, and media outlets are all eager to invest in esports and be part of a multi-million dollar industry. With that in mind, the inclusion of esports in the Olympics 2020 would clearly be a foundation to boost the tourism of Paris through competitive gaming. According to IEF Acting Secretary General Leopold Chung, they want Paris to be an esports hub for Europe since esports is already universally-accepted practice. A sport such as this has the power to eliminate language, race, and cultural barriers.
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