Earlier this month, it was reported that there is a small chance of seeing esports featured in the upcoming 2024 Olympics for the first time in history. Discussions are ongoing but if the notion is approved, it will be with one important consideration.
According to the International Olympic Committee, any video game that features or promotes violence cannot be part of the Olympics. The prestigious event brings together athletes from across the globe under a banner of peace. In that light, esports could make it into the Olympics but the strict rule filters out most of the popular games at the same time.
“We want to promote non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people,” president Thomas Bach told South China Morning Post. “This doesn’t match with video games, which are about violence, explosions, and killing. And there were have to draw a clear line.”
Based on what the International Olympic Committee has stated, any game with weaponry is immediately out of the door. This includes the likes of Call of Duty, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Overwatch. League of Legends and Dota 2 have been cut out as well since they too feature all sorts of traditional and futuristic weaponry.
So what remains? The International Olympic Committee is currently only open to the idea of including sports games in the Olympics. This naturally brings FIFA, Madden, and such, into the spotlight.
“So if ever somebody is competing at playing football virtually or playing other sports virtually, this is of high interest,” Bach added. “We hope that, then, these players are really delivering sports performance. If [fans] at the end would even play the sports in the real world, we would even be more happy.”
If we are very lucky, the committee might consider the possibility of adding collectible card games as well. Would you want to see Hearthstone and Gwent played in the next Olympics?