After hosting World Electronic Sports Games 2018 this March, Alibaba wants to bring eSports to the higher level: to be a part of the medal-eligible sport in Olympic Games.
The Chinese giant eCommerce company, Alibaba wants to bring eSports to the higher level. It wants eSports to take part in Olympic Games and also one of the medal-eligible sport competitions. It means that eSports athlete can represent and contribute medals for their country.
It’s all but with one note. The games can join the Olympic Games lineup if the games do not focus on violence. As reported by Bloomberg, Alibaba only endorses soccer, basketball, car racing, and other digitized athletic game events to be recognized in the future Olympic games. It means that it only gives supports to games like FIFA, Gran Turismo, or other digitized athletic sports to be contested.
This decision came after the meeting between CEO of Alibaba’s eSports division AliSports Zhang Dazhong and the Olympic Committee. The discussion wants to put the organization’s own value into focus, so it restricts only non-violent games that can join Olympic Games’ lineup in the future.
Why only non-violent games?
“In our communication with the Olympics committee, we’ve come to have a better understanding of their values, which is to promote peace,” said Zhang Dazhong according to Bloomberg. “That’s why for the future development of esports, we will focus more on titles that are actually related to sports, instead of games that focus on violence and slaughter,” he continues.
That comment is in line with the comment from Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach. Bach explained that the goal of the Olympics is to promote peace, non-discrimination, and non-violence. So, games that contain violence, explosions, and killing like MOBA, MMO or fighting genre don’t align with those goals.
For additional information, Alibaba is both the investor and sponsor for eSports in Olympic Games 2028 that will be held in Los Angeles. So, with still 10 years to come, Alibaba has more than enough time to prepare this plan well.
Alibaba keeps investing more in eSports
This news comes alongside the investment around US$50 million by Alibaba into eSports. That makes it can do some activity in order to support eSports industry. Recently, it is hosting World Electronic Sports Games 2018 at China for both “violence” and “non-violence” games such as Pro Evolution Soccer 2018, Vainglory and Dota 2.
Alibaba also working with Olympic Council of Asia to bring eSports to some events, such as 2017 Ashgabat Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games that will be held this August. In Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Alibaba brings some game tournaments such as Hearthstone, StarCraft II, Dota 2, and King of Fighters XIV.
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Edited by Devi