International Olympic Committee Lays Ground Rules For eSports To Join Games

eSports is one of the fastest growing industries on the planet whose profitability is expanding just as fast as its popularity.

There’s one thing that eSports has been lacking and that’s credibility as a sport.

That all changed at an Olympic summit recently.

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The International Olympic Committee held a summit in Lausanne, Switzerland on Oct. 28th with its global federations, national committees, and athlete representatives all participating.

One of the hottest topics at the event was the inclusion of eSports as a legitimate sport.

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In the past, IOC president Thomas Bach hasn’t made favorable comments about eSports in the past and back in August sounded very outdated with his opinion of the genre:

“We want to promote non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people,” he told the South China 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.”

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Thankfully, Bach’s thoughts on eSports seemed to have changed over the course of the last two months because he was singing a different tune at the summit.

Head to the next page for the expectations the IOC has for eSports…

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