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eSports Banned From Olympic Games

Paul Rubens - September 4, 2018 - 11:09 AM
eSports Banned From Olympic Games
Video games will not feature in the Olympic Games because they are too violent, the IOC President has said.

(CCM) — eSports —competitions involving video games — will not be included in the Olympics because they are too violent, Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee president, has announced.


"If you have egames where it's about killing somebody, this cannot be brought into line with our Olympic values," he said in a BBC report. "Of course every combat sport has its origins in a real fight among people. But sport is the civilized expression about this," he added.

The announcement follows a forum held by the IOC in July, in which the idea of including eSports in the Olympics was discussed.

But eSports are going to be included as a demonstration event at the Asian Games, according to the report.

Not all eSports involve violence, such as sports simulators including FIFA soccer, Madden football, and NBA 2K basketball.

Video games competitions are now extremely popular, with a global audience of around 320 million people, according to the BBC. By 2020 eSports are expected to generate almost $1.3 billion in global revenue.

But it is not clear whether they should be classified as a sport or a pastime, and many people would likely balk at the idea of them being included in the Olympic Games.

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