IOC: eSports as Olympic event premature

Posted on: Dec 10, 2018 By smartlaunch in News and trends,

Any discussion to include esports as a medal event at the Olympic Games is premature because of the way the gaming industry is structured, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Saturday. The IOC decided at the seventh Olympic Summit in Lausanne that the introduction of eSports at the Olympics was a long way off.

It was agreed that the Olympic Movement should continue to engage with this community, whilst at the same time acknowledging that uncertainties remain. Among the “uncertainties” identified by the IOC were a feeling that some games are “not compatible with the Olympic values” and that the gaming industry is commercially driven, compared to the “values-based” nature of sport.

The rise of esports has seen a growing talk that they could, in some form, work their way on to the Olympic programme. The Asian Games is already due to include esports as a medal event in 2022. Tokyo will host the next Olympic Summer Games in 2020 while Beijing will stage the 2022 Winter Olympics. The 2024 and 2028 summer editions will be held in Paris and Los Angeles respectively.



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