Multiple countries will boycott the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games over e-sports concerns

Back in April, we wrote about how the Olympic Council of Asia and Alisports of China was aiming to bring e-sports to the Asian Games, reportedly the second-largest sporting event in the world, right behind The Olympics itself. In support of the move, the council cited the addition of e-sports to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in September as a “demonstration” sport featuring multiple games, including Dota 2, Starcraft II, and Hearthstone.

That may be in jeopardy now, however. SuperData reported this week that multiple countries have now backed out of the e-sports section of the AIMAG competitions. South Korea’s e-sports division quit the event in May, followed by Australia in June and Thailand earlier in July. Thailand, we should note, blocked participation in part over health concerns and “fears related to gaming addiction,” but South Korea and Australia raised objections over the exit of the well-recognized International Esport Federation and the formation of a relatively unregulated Asian Esports Federation in its place, as well as objections over the recruitment process for teams, which appears to blur national lines.

“These major international sporting events will increase the exposure and credibility of esports, creating additional opportunities for our esports athletes,” the president of the Australian Esports Association said in his country’s statement. “However we can not endorse Australian inclusion until governance concerns are addressed. Esports must be treated equally with the correct protections and integrity afforded to the athletes as expected in any other sport.”

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ceder
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ceder

This controversy is all about money. That’s all. Much of this mirrors the professional eating circuits and their strongarming competitors to sign with exclusively specific “associations”. Each org wants their slice of the pie and profits from competitions and other monies. Their excuses of other reasons is just to misdirect that.

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Lord Zorvan

If e-sports are Olympics level games, then I also expect to see crochet, needlepoint, and water coloring at the Olympics as well.

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zoward

It seems like people of older genernations immedately chaff at the idea of comparing e-sports to regular sports. I kind wish people had used a different metaphor and vocabulary to describe professional-level video game competition as the whole “(e)sports” metaphor has done nothing but hinder its acceptance. However, even its detractos have to admit, it is becoming incredibly popular. Companies – even bigs ones – are dumping money into it left, right and cetner in the hope they’ll cash in on the next big thing. As it is whenever money is involved, there’s going to be a lot of jockeying for position, and I think that’s what we’re really seeing happening here. Every video game competition organization wants to be the next FIFA or NFL, with all the prestige (and money) that carries.

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McGuffn

So it has finally come to this. E Sports isn’t professional enough.

Did they think a couple lan games and a central table with soda and bags of snacks was going to cut it?

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Mewmew

Funny enough that’s not far from the truth. That’s why IeSF pulled out “due to a lack of internet infrastructure and budget in the region”.

The organization that is now handling it is doing things their own way instead of using the already established and accepted practices, and it seems unprofessional and a tiny bit shady so groups are dropping out left and right.

Funny that some Countries are boycotting it because it’s video games and to them it’s like having a coke sniffing competition or something.

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rafael12104

Hmm. Well, it all sounds like political bullshit to me. Governing bodies of E-sports? Lol!

So, in short, there will be a little give and take and they will come to an agreement IF there is a little political grease. If not, meh, no one even understands what they hell this is about which is why it is so stupid.

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Utakata

Those are a lot of *conflating words there…E-sports, addiction, athletes…I am not sure where to begin. I think the only thing here that’s being exercised is the mental gymnastic of those goal posts being moved around to legitimize an activity to something it’s most likely not. o.O

*Note: This is not criticism directed in anyway shape or form to the writer and editor of this story. I presume she is only using words given to her by this industry. :(

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semugh

“esports athletes”

roflmao…

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flamethekid .

This was bound to happen to be honest alot of countries even america still generally find video games several times more harmful than football(I.E legal brain trauma suicide).

the idea that being productive means being physical is still held to ideal

alot of the general people are usually unimformed or stubborn to old theories and tradition.
or just have an anti modern view on todays lifestyles.

somebody is gonna say well somebody played games 24 hours and died in a cafe somewhere from it.
and then i’m gonna say that boy had problems called an addiction the same problem most people in the world have

several thousand more people have died from working out in the gym or playing physical sports any physical sport or even a work addiction most people in the world have an addiction if you let it kill you then you need help and gamers are generally smarter and smart enough to know not to let it kill us.

the reason that boy’s death from video games in a cafe needs to hold more weight than everyone else who died from something lame like an addition or playing sports is cause more people like one side and dislikes the other its as simple as that

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McGuffn

Don’t laugh bro. I got a concussion from my dual shock controller.

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Melissa McDonald

even america still generally find video games several times more harmful than football

I think you’re mistaken there. Asia is far ahead of USA in concern about video game addiction and has institutionalized efforts to control it. America is super-concerned about concussions in American football especially and the rules have changed a great deal, and are reviewed annually for several years now. Boxing and MMA are under heavy scrutiny although there is little you can do in a combat sport without pads other than stop fights sooner to avoid greater damage.

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Tamanous

It’s about addiction … not how injured you can get playing a physical sport. People don’t sit doing nothing physical with zero contribution to the local community to the detriment of society playing a sport a couple times a week, which by definition is a local community event.

And if you want to talk about physical impact then go look up recent studies on physiological changes to the brain causing cognitive behavioral changes on a epidemic rise related to being raised on video games.

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