Esports come closer to the Olympics

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Esports come closer to the Olympics

There's a chance esports might become the Olympic discipline by 2025

Esports made another step to becoming a discipline of the Olympics. International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) agreed to create a contact group in order to discuss this matter. The solution was approved on the collaborative forum dedicated to esports where representatives of both organization were present.

Right now it’s unclear who exactly will be in the group but it will be represented on the Olympic forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on October 5 and 6. Further discussions will take place in Lausanne and at the Olympic summit in December. IOC President Thomas Bach earlier stated there is low chance for esports to appear at the Olympic Games as long as he’s running the organization (until 2025). However, yesterday (July 21, 2018) he said that esports made first step in a long journey to become a rightful participant of the Olympics.

"The purpose of this meeting was to produce ideas but now the more difficult part starts as now we have to see what can be put in practice and what is feasible. It makes no sense if now we would produce something for the sake of it and it would find no echo. This is why we need further consultation because this world is still strange to us".

At the forum there were several round-table sessions and meetings dedicated to separate areas of esports: management, player perspective and outlook and future cooperation fields.

Bach also clarified that IOC has some issues finding proper partners in esports industry.

"We have been listening to their side and they see their future development more game my game than as a development of the entire industry, which has implications on our relations with them. There we have some food for thought for the future whether this is true if it is going this way in esports. It will be an interesting experience and I hope we can find a pilot project."

Meanwhile, GAISF President Patrick Baumann called to caution saying it’s too early to talk about esports at the Olympics.

"We will see more and more involvement in this area but esports have been demonstrated at the Olympics already. From there, where it goes is too early to decide. There are a few red lines yes but we will have to see. Beyond that, let’s see which is the best way of coming together".

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