While market analysts and certain companies like Riot Games and Blizzard Entertainment have been heavily pushing for eSports, the reality is that eSports joining a mainstream sporting event like the Olympics is a long shot, for now. According to the IOC president, you won’t see any eSports games make an appearance if the game contains killing.
In the interview, Bach explained that violent games or games that contained killing would not be
allowed in the Olympics, saying…
“We cannot have in the Olympic program a game which is promoting violence or discrimination,” he told the AP. “So-called killer games. They, from our point of view, are contradictory to the Olympic values and cannot therefore be accepted.”
Of course, everyone made the common sense observation that the Olympics does feature a lot of sports themed around violence, such as fencing, boxing, and taekwondo.
Bach, however, had an answer for this query, stating that the sports are about competitive sportsmanship and not killing, saying…
“Of course every combat sport has its origins in a real fight among people. But sport is the civilized expression about this. If you have egames where it’s about killing somebody, this cannot be brought into line with our Olympic values.”
This means you won’t be seeing Overwatch in the Olympics. This obviously would be a huge blow to Blizzard given that it limits their reach in using the SJW agenda to brainwash the normies.
This also means that games like Counter-Strike, Dota 2 and League of Legends will also forfeit appearing at the Olympics.
However, this doesn’t discount games with K.Os from appearing… such as fighting games.
While Mortal Kombat obviously won’t be appearing at the Olympics, it’s still possible for games like Tekken 7 and Street Fighter V to potentially make an appearance. Then again maybe we’ll even see a wild card appear, like Dragon Ball FighterZ. How wild would that be?
Previous efforts to make fighting games more “eSports friendly” haven’t gone over too well with the actual fighting game communities, though. This resulted in Street Fighter V being censored, and for ESPN to put restrictions on which character outfits could be used during the live broadcast of the Top 8 finals at EVO. That’s not to mention that all of the censorship and fan-service removal in Dead or Alive 6 has thoroughly put off a lot of die hard fans.
So maybe eSports not joining the Olympics is for the best (at least as far as retaining gamer culture is concerned).
(Thanks for the news tip LurkerJK and Stealthmasta)