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IOC eases off support for esports in Olympics

 

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has slowed its support for recognizing electronic gaming as a sport.

After an Olympic leaders’ meeting on Saturday, the IOC says “discussion about the inclusion of esports/egames as a medal event on the Olympic program is premature.”

Enthusiasm has seemed to dim since the IOC hosted a July conference with esports organizers and players.

Sports bodies are now advised to “continue to engage with this (gaming) community, whilst at the same time acknowledging that uncertainties remain.”

The IOC rules out cooperation with violent games, and suggests virtual and augmented reality could become more popular with young people.

“Commercially driven” gaming was also compared unfavorably with “values-based” sports.

The IOC says governing bodies will continue meeting gaming industry officials “to explore jointly collaborative projects.”

 

 

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1 hour ago, AustralianFan said:

Kirsty Coventry, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Brisbane 2032 has strongly hinted at inclusion of virtual sports while speaking to media at a meeting of the Organising Committee in Sydney.

This possibility is flagged at around the 01:10 mark in this 7 News report in the Brisbane 2032 thread (p.23).

 

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12 minutes ago, Anthony said:

The Olympics are getting too big for themselves.

They need to change with the times and sports which are played, especially by the next generations.

That includes dropping some sports and introducing new ones.

They’re doing that. 

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1 hour ago, AustralianFan said:

They need to change with the times and sports which are played, especially by the next generations.

That includes dropping some sports and introducing new ones.

They’re doing that. 

Nah I'm good.

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As someone who considers themselves a pretty keen video gamer (and that just shows you it’s not just a “youth” obsession), and as I’ve posted many a time here over the years, I can see some merit in it.

But I also can see that it’s a rather large leap to make to think of it as appropriate for the Olympics. It opens up acan of worms - where do we draw the lined then? Poker? Backgammon? Trivia games? I guess while I’d be open to video games in the Olympics, I;m also comfortable to keep the Olympics for the more purely physical pursuits.

And for all that  e-games get hyped, and there are professional leagues such as Overwatch, I really don’t se that they are such a huge spectator market as many make out, at least outside Korea. The other problem is, it really is tied to professional commercial game development studios. It’s a bit problematic tho tie the Olympics in with corporate game studios.

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