The International Olympic Committee, the board that governs which sports are included in the Olympic Games, has laid out its terms and conditions for esports to be introduced to the world’s biggest sporting competition.
“In order to be recognized by the IOC as a sport, the content of eSports must not infringe on the Olympic values,” the statement said. This could refer to the content of video games being focused on “violence, explosions and killing,” as described by the IOC President Thomas Bach 2 months ago.
This aside, the majority of the statement sounded positive for esports inclusion, the IOC seems impressed by esports as a competitive force for good, “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.”
“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,” the statement continued.
The IOC stated however, that a global governing body with which to work with would be necessary for esports’ inclusion.