Tony Estanguet (co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee) talked about bringing games to the Olympics and you can imagine how the gaming community reacted to that. While that was great it seems that the recent shooting has complicated things and gaming might not be coming to the Olympics after all.
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach touched on the matter and the following is what he had to say in this regard:
We cannot have in the Olympic program a game which is promoting violence or discrimination. So-called killer games. They, from our point of view, are contradictory to the Olympic values and cannot therefore be accepted. Of course every combat sport has its origins in a real fight among people. But sport is the civilized expression about this. If you have egames where it’s about killing somebody, this cannot be brought into line with our Olympic values.
At this point in time, we are not really sure what he meant by this. He could mean that the recent shooting changes things but then again the shooting was due to a Madden game and that cannot really be taken as a violent game. It could also mean that shooting games will not be allowed at the Olympics which means that players will still be able to play games like FIFA and Rocket League. We will update the story as we get more information regarding the matter, so stay tuned for more information.
The following is what Tony Estanguet had to say about a year ago in favor of gaming at the Olympics:
We have to look at it because we can’t say, ‘It’s not us. It’s not about Olympics.’ 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. 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.
Let us know what you think about the whole gaming at the Olympics issue and what you think is the right thing to do here.