The International Olympic Committee has spoken: eSports has a shot.
Reuters reports: “Competitive e-sports could be part of the Olympic experience as long as it adhered to Olympic values, the International Olympic Committee said.”
The IOC statement read in part: “The Summit agreed that ‘eSports’ are showing strong growth, especially within the youth demographic across different countries, and can provide a platform for engagement with the Olympic Movement.”
It continued: “Competitive ”eSports“ could be considered as a sporting activity, and the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports.”
Polygon writes: “The IOC’s statement on Saturday doesn’t diverge significantly from what earlier officials have said. Namely, that esports would need a worldwide governing federation for the IOC to work with, and the events should comport with the values of the Olympic movement.”
We previously reported on the Olympics and eSports here.