eSports to the Olympics?

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.

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