Earlier in the month, organizers from the upcoming 2024 Olympics in Paris indicated that they’re interested in having eSports be involved in the Olympics. The president of the International olympic Committee has commented on concern with which games would be at the Olympics.
On August 9, the co-president of the Paris olympic bid Committee announced that the 2024 games will consider eSports as a medal event. IOC President Thomas Bach says that it may not involve some of the most popular titles in professional competitive video games.
In an interview with South China Morning post, he referenced to how video games are today, and that he wants to feature games that lack violence.
“We want to promote non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people,” he told the Morning Post. “This doesn’t match with video games, which are about violence, explosions and killing. And there we have to draw a clear line.”
That would mean no Counter-Strike, Overwatch, and most likely Dota 2, or League of Legends. Potential games that would be acceptable are sports games, such as Basketball, Soccer, and Nascar.
If that’s the case, we can predict that no one will watch the eSports Olympic debut. Millions tune in to watch the best titles, and leaving the best games out would severely limit the viewership. FIFA, NBA 2K, and other sports games aren’t featured in the top 10 list on Twitch, which represent what people watch today.
Although the Olympic games want to represent the core values and philosophy, they will face companies that provide millions of dollars that go into broadcasting the Olympics. Those companies expect results in regards to the viewership, and choosing games that severely limit the amount of viewership that exists would hinder the idea of even having eSports in the Olympics.
The Esports Integrity Coalition has assisted with making strides to work with eSports organizations to decide different sanctions that may occur due to cheating, match-fixing schemes, and doping. This has shown a step in the right direction of legitimizing eSports to allow specific games to be played in the Olympics.