There Won’t be eSports in the Olympic Games (or Will There?)

By Muhammad Bilal Syahrir

One of the big reasons why there will be no eSports in the Olympics 2022 is because most games “promote violence”.

Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee shows signs that there will be no eSports in the Olympic Games.

Speaking to the Associated Press during the 2018 Asian Games, Bach said: “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,” he added.

It’s an irony because Bach himself was a former gold medalist of the fencing competition back in the 1976 Olympics.

To his defense, he clarified the difference between this form of sword fighting and the violence in video games.

No eSports in the Olympic Games

“Of course every combat sport has its origins in a real fight among people,” he said. “But sport is the civilized expression about this. If you have games where it’s about killing somebody, this cannot be brought into line with our Olympic values.”

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.

What about other games that do not contain violence at all? Such as FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer. Will the Olympic committee also not introduce these games?

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This also comes into questions due to the fact that Alibaba wants to introduce non-violent games to the Olympics.

Alibaba is also working with the Olympic Council of Asia to bring eSports to some events, such as 2017 Ashgabat Asian Indoor, Martial Arts Games and the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games that was held this August.

In Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Alibaba brings some game tournaments such as HearthstoneStarCraft IIDota 2, and King of Fighters XIV. 

So, will the eSports be contested in the Olympic Games? Time will tell.

Edited by Devi




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