With Dota 2‘s The International 7 just ending with Team Liquid winning with a historic 3-0 sweep, video gaming enthusiasts are wondering if e-sports can get a more Olympic bearing.
With about a month to go before the International Olympic Committee is expected to award the 2024 games to Paris, the French capital’s Olympic committee officials are wasting no time planning the schedules. Early last week, Tony Estanguet, co-president of the committee, mentioned that he is seriously planning to add e-sports to the schedule.
“We have to look at it because we can’t say, “It’s not us. It’s not about Olympics,” he said. ”
The youth, yes they are interested in esports and this kind of thing. Let’s look at it. Let’s meet them. Let’s try if we can find some bridges or not. I don’t want to say ‘no’ from the beginning. I think it’s interesting to interact with the IOC, with them, the eSports family, to better understand what the process is and why it is such a success.
If ever e-sports becomes an Olympic event, a huge prize money will not be awarded to the winner (obviously), but medals and honor for their homeland could be just as valuable in terms of prestige.
e-Sports will have a spotlight this coming Asian games exhibition event before adding it to its official program in 2022. The Olympic Council of Asia announced last April that e-Sports events would appear at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which will happen next month. Organizers are planning on offering four events featuring four games: Dota 2, StarCraft II, Hearthstone, and a sports game, either from FIFA or NBA series.
While e-Sports is growing, that still doesn’t necessarily make it widely accepted. The image of an Olympian is associated with physical strength, honed to perfection after years of intense preparation. Boxing has a long history and tradition that doesn’t need Olympic recognition.
e-Sports is young. Its players and its audience are young. That is why so many are contemptuous of the notion that competitive video gaming, or e-Sports as it’s come to be known, should stand alongside other Olympic sports. The dismissal of e-Sports aligns with the constant dismissal of what occupies young people as “fads” or unimportant activities older people scoff at.
While e-ports grows on the world stage, arguments against including it as an official sport are still looming. And time can only tell if gamers will get the recognition that they have been longing for.
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