There has been a lot of talk about including esports in the Olympics recently. With esports steadily gaining recognition across the world and being recognized by many countries as a legitimate form of competition, Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee said that they welcome sports that are popular with millennials but, with eSports they would have to proceed with Caution.
“We want to promote non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people. This doesn’t match with video games, which are about violence, explosions and killing. And there we have to draw a clear line,” he said.
This leaves open the opportunity for a lot of sports games that mirror real life sports but causes problems for major esports games like CS:GO and DOTA 2 as the bloodshed and violence in these games is against “Olympic values”.
“So if ever somebody is competing at playing football virtually or playing other sports virtually, this is of high interest. We hope that, then, these players are really delivering sports performance. If [fans] at the end would even play the sports in the real world, we would even be more happy,” he said.
Talking to Lokesh Suji of Esports Federation of India (ESFI), he said
“It’s nice to see that esports is being seriously considered for Olympics. There are many esports games which don’t involve violence or Killings, Video games like FIFA / NFL / Madden / NBA directly relate to physical sports and then we have games like Clash Royale, Rocket League, Hearthstone etc where there is no Bloodshed.
International eSports Federation (IeSF) already exists as the Governing and Regulatory body for esports. IeSF includes members from 48 National Federations including India.
Since 2013 World Championship in Bucharest, IeSF has been conducting doping tests in all events hosted by IeSF, after becoming an official signatory of World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) by establishing Anti Doping Regulation and Manual for e-Sports. IeSF was the first esports organization to become signatory to WADA.
Not only that IeSF has well established Athlete & Referee commission to ensure fair play and give everyone equal chance. ”We are confident that esports will definitely be part of Olympics for sure !
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