eSports Won't Be in The Olympics Just Yet
Via The Verge-"Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, has voiced his opposition to including violent e-sports among the sports contested at the Olympic Games. Speaking to the AP on the occasion of the 2018 Asian Games, where demonstration e-sports tournaments were held, Bach said that “We cannot have in the Olympic program a game which is promoting violence or discrimination ... They, from our point of view, are contradictory to the Olympic values and cannot therefore be accepted.”"
The article goes on to point out that there are violent sports involved in the Olympics: boxing and fencing to be exact. While e-sports certainly aren’t hurting in the popularity department, why is it that they are considered unacceptable based on violence? Why is the Olympic Committee welcoming to real life 'violence' in sports and yet opposed to the digital version?
While I don’t think there is any clear cut answer, I believe there are several possibilities. Many people are resistant to change, and I can imagine that the International Olympic Committee which was founded in 1894 is probably deeply rooted in their traditional beliefs of what constitutes a sport. I remember when the Overwatch League was airing on television, my dad called me into the living room to point it out to me in amazement: video games were being broadcast on a sports channel. I imagine the Olympic Committee would have a similar view to that of my father. There is also still the argument that violent video games beget violent behaviors, even though there's scientific evidence that states otherwise, but which might be what Thomas Bach believes.
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