Violent video games will not be a part of the 2024 Olympics
According to a recent statement from the IOC president, many major Esports titles will be left out of the Olympics conversation due to their violent tendencies.
Initially Esports came into the 2024 Paris Olympics conversation with Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee, wanting to maintain the Olympics’ relevance to a younger generation of fans.
Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, came out in an interview with the South China Morning Post saying that many of the non-sport video games won’t have a place in the Olympics. The interview on Monday classified many of the Esports titles as a medium for promoting violence and that it goes against the sanctity and values of the Olympics.
“We want to promote non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people,” he said. “This doesn’t match with video games, which are about violence, explosions and killing. And there we have to draw a clear line. Esports that mirror those played in real life – like soccer or basketball – could be considered for the Olympics, but those that involve gratuitous violence and bloodshed (go) against “Olympic values.” – Thomas Bach, President of the IOC
Unfortunately for Esports viewers, some of the most followed Esports titles have some base in violent tendencies. Counter-Strike Global Offense (CS:GO) for example explicitly has terrorists versus counter terrorists shooting each other to determine a victor. Even MOBAs like League of Legends and Dota 2 involve killing enemy champions and heroes to eventually take down the enemy base. Taking these games out of contention limits Olympics Esports titles down to games with much smaller followings such as FIFA, Madden, and Rocket League.
Esports still hasn’t been ruled out for the Olympics, but its future looks a bit more uncertain. With such large games being left out of the conversation, it’s hard to say whether Esports breaking into the 2024 Olympics would be much of a win for the fans. Until the decision is final, we will just have to wait and see how the IOC sways for Esports’ future in the Paris Olympics.
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