The International Olympic Committee is hosting an e-sports discussion summit in July

    
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Last summer the co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee told the AP that it was considering bringing video gaming on board for the 2024 program in France. The International Olympic Committee followed that up with a statement saying that “competitive e-sports could be considered as a sporting activity, and the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports,” suggesting that it might support the movement, provided that e-sports uphold Olympic values.

It appears the Olympic groups are continuing that push, as the AP reported this week that the IOC aims to host a forum on e-sports on July 21st in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“The forum, announced Tuesday, will bring together gaming executives, players, sponsors and event organizers with a goal of building relationships between Olympic leaders and the esports industry,” says the AP. It’s happening, people.

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Nordavind

Don’t let the money grabbing, corrupt old men club that is IOC get their hands on e-sports.

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PurpleCopper

If the IOC is thinking about including e-sports in the same group as chess and similar related games, then okay, sounds reasonable.

If they’re talking about including e-sports in the same group as physical sports like track & field, …. no.

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Armsbend

Even though it is stupid I expect it to happen – because the Olympics want eyeballs. That is all it is about at the end of the day. More than eyeballs they want young eyeballs.

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Sally Bowls

I would “follow the benjamins” and deconstruct it to “the advertisers want eyeballs, young eyeballs” and since those advertisers/media fund the Olympics, the demographic becomes important to the Olympics.

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flyingltj

I still don’t care about esports.

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Microwatt

I think I’ve seen you comment this 3 or 4 times, so you care enough to comment this on any e-sports related content. :x

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Veldan

How is it crammed down your throat? You chose to click the article, and if you actually read it, that too was a choice.

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flyingltj

By the continual coverage as if it’s paid content appearing on this site. I don’t care about Cards Against Humanity either, but it would be as if a website grown out of featuring MMO’s started running regular articles about a card game justifying it through the similarity between the multiplayer gameplay style of Cards Against Humanity to an MMO.

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Sally Bowls

But CAH does not affect MMOs. IMO, eSports and Battle Royales do affect MMOs. For me, eSports and BR are among the reasons why I don’t really expect any more Western MMOs to be developed for some time. I am not saying I like MMOs less; just that IMO Western MMOs are less attractive to investors.

So everytime you read about a “trillion”dollars of eS or BR revenue, read an implied subtitle of “this is a trillion more reasons not to make a Western MMO” – which makes it a MMO story.

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flyingltj

Your opinion is seen, noted, and dismissed. I don’t care if your personal subfactioning of MMOs does one thing or another, appeals to one group or another, gets more money than this or that, doesn’t matter. If you think this is an MMO story then I have some beachfront property in Arizona with a nice view of the Appalachian Mountains you might be interested in.

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rafael12104

Welp. I’ve changed my mind on this. After watching some esports, especially those that I actually play, I have come to the conclusion that esports are truly athletic competitions.

Shocked? Meh, it really isn’t shocking. Skilled hand to eye coordination and muscle memory combined with the intellectual acumen of execution makes an athlete. Not everyone has that ability. And it takes skill and dedication to refine it.

So, why not talk about it? Why not bring some games into an Olympic setting?

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flyingltj

It’s almost as athletic as ping pong… but not quite. More like ping pong in which you stand still, trashtalk, and cry.

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thirtymil

If you’d said Pong, I would have agreed with you. But as you said Ping Pong, that’s Table Tennis, which is an Olympic sport…

For what it’s worth, trashtalking and crying seem to be prevalent in quite a few sports.

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flyingltj

You’re right. And just like esports, there is a degree of muscle movement and a lot of skill involved in dressage too. But there is a reason horse dancing is not in the Olympics.

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thirtymil

If by ‘horse dancing’ you do mean dressage, it is in the Olympics. I think I’m confused on the point you’re trying to make.

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There’s one thing that will be hard to do though: choice of game(s). I mean, running has been the same since the dawn of humankind, and while other sports aren’t as old, they still go back a long time and stay pretty much the same. Video games evolve all the time as technology advances and new ones release, and what’s played now may not be played next year.

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rafael12104

True. Games themselves have to be vetted and relevant so… it could be tricky.

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KumiKaze

Not only that, but if I remember correctly when this was originally brought up, the IOC also didn’t want a game that was violent. Which will also limit the field considerably.

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styopa

It’s the IOC, so everyone caring to make a comment is invited to bring a cashiers check or bearer-bonds in order to “contribute usefully” to the discussion. That, or arrange for luxurious vacations or simply prostitutes to service the IOC team.

Particularly ironic that they’re harping on ‘upholding IOC values’.

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Zora

suggesting that it might support the movement, provided that e-sports uphold Olympic values.

Abusing stimulants and hogging for sponsorships and media attention qualifies, yes? If that’s the case I think couch-sports are ready to join the big boys, really…