Esports Could Join the Olympics but the Committee First Wants an International Governing Body
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) continues to work on the possibility of featuring esports in the 2024 Olympics for the very first time in history.
The officials have more or less refrained from moving past the issue surrounding the nature of content that most video games deal with. It was previously stated that nothing related to violence and can be part of the Olympics. This stance pretty much rules out every major esports game such as Call of Duty, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Overwatch. League of Legends and Dota 2 have to be cut out as well since they too feature all sorts of traditional and futuristic weaponry.
The IOC is now noting the need for a worldwide governing federation that it would prefer to work with. This may or may not feature members from different esports communities to represent different games. It also falls on their shoulders to convince the IOC to look past the notion of violence, at least to some degree, if it is really interested in having esports in the 2024 Olympics.
“In order to be recognized by the IOC as a sport, the content of eSports must not infringe on the Olympic values,” the IOC said in a statement on the weekend during a summit in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Despite the negative perception that the IOC appears to have on the surface for esports, it still agrees that the world of competitive video games is “showing strong growth, especially within the youth demographic across different countries, and can provide a platform for engagement with the Olympic Movement.”
There is the possibility that we may see our favorite esports celebrities waving the torch in the coming years.