Olympic into account of E-Sports
The leaders of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Association of International Sports Federations (AGFIS) have just met to discuss how they can integrate the field of e-sport into the Olympic Games. The e-sport forum, held over the weekend in Lausanne, Switzerland, brought together international sports professionals and leaders as well as 150 members of the e-sports community including publishers, professional players and media.
“We do not want to be part of the Olympic program but have IOC recognition is important”
Although no firm plan has been established to formally integrate “e-sport” into the Olympic Games , the IOC and AGFIS have announced that in the coming days they will form a working group around Patrick Baumann, President of the Association of International Federations. He is very involved in the bringing together of the two worlds and this group will aim to continue the reflections on possible collaborations. The leaders of these organizations see e-sport as a growing market that attracts a large number of young people and can be very lucrative.
The working group is to present a series of events throughout the year, ranging from Youth Games in Buenos Aires, to the National Association of Olympic Committees Association (ANOC) General Assembly, on November 28-29. Tokyo, until the next Olympic Summit, announced for the month of December. The working group should make its first proposals for collaboration in December.
The working group will study ways to integrate the professional game into less-watched sporting events as an experiment, and as explained by Nicolas Besombes, vice president of France esports, the association for promotion and development e-sports: “We do not want to be part of the Olympic program, but having IOC recognition is important.”
Finally, IOC members have made the link between sport and e-sport by highlighting the benefits of video games as a useful tool in the preparation of athletes. In any case it is clear that there is only one step between these two sports fields.