This is a topic that has been thrown around quite a bit in the past year or two. Esports is expanding rapidly by itself and doesn’t really need Olympics to survive, yes. But we would all love to see the industry join the epic, millennia-old sports games event.
It is not exactly easy to include video-game sports into something that has been following a consistent setup for so long. Modern Olympic games as we know them came to be when Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee in 1894. This lead to the first modern iteration of the event in Athens two years later. It was inspired by the ancient Greek Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia, Greece in a dizzying timespan of 1200 years. This was from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD.
So, what is this all about? Well, the tech giant, a famous chipmaker and a partner of the Olympics, Intel is taking action to make this closer to reality.
Intel UK’s gaming & Esports lead Scott Gillingham reported that the company is in contact with the International Olympic Committee.
He said: “We don’t have a view on whether it should be (included) or not but we’re totally open and have been talking to the Olympics to let them understand what Esports is and what potential there could be for it. But, ultimately, it is down to the Olympic Committee on whether they decide to bring it on.”
The company showcased their 5G network, Virtual Reality, AI and drones at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games to show how this technology could be used to enhance the Olympic Games experience. The group of people responsible for the Olympics showed interest in the proposition, but are expressing serious concerns over violence that gaming usually includes.
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All in all, right now, nothing is confirmed, but conversations are ongoing.
They stated that even though Esports can be considered as a sporting activity, it must not infringe on the Olympic values. Once they found a way to cut the violence out, they will stand a much better chance in qualifying.
There were talks about whether Esports will be included as soon as in 2024 Paris Olympics games. However, this will not be the case and the earliest we may see Esports in the Olympics game would be in 2028, on the games held in Los Angeles.
Some traditionalists say that it is wrong to include video games in the Olympic games. Whether they like it or not, times are changing, and in reality, video games really can be a sport. You definitely have to use your brains, devise tactical plans, and in a competition of the best in the world, there will always be something exciting and new to see.