International Olympic Committee to Talk Video Games at Summit in July
Olympic inclusion is becoming a reality for esports, but Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players can shelve any Olympic aspirations they might have. The International Olympic Committee scheduled a summit in Switzerland to talk about esports, but all the “killer games” are most certainly out.
At the one-day summit, which is set for the end of July, the IOC will meet with gaming industry leaders and athletes to discuss the inclusion of video games. According to IOC president Thomas Bach, the Olympic movement cannot ignore the “phenomenon” of esports any longer.
However, Bach was completely clear that any video game that promotes violence includes “terrorists,” or involves heavy shooting is not going to make the cut. He said the summit will serve to “draw a red line” between eligible games and games that will never be a part of the Olympics.
Esports was officially recognized as sports by the IOC in November, followed by an announcement from the Olympic Channel that it would utilize video game competitions to engage younger audiences ahead of the Olympics in Pyeongchang, China.
The question hanging heavy in the air is: how will the Olympics achieve their goal of capturing esports fans if they refuse to include the most popular esports?
Esports will be featured for the first time at the 2018 Olympics, not as a medal event but as an Official Demonstration Sport. Six titles including League of Legends will be part of the demonstration. Riot Games is providing support to the Olympic Council of Asia in drawing up the details of the tournament.