Nov 1 2017 - 3:49 pm

Esports "must not infringe on the Olympic values" to be recognized as a sport by the Olympic committee

The International Olympic Committee discussed esports at the Olympic Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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The International Olympic Committee continues to discuss the possibility of esports' inclusion at future Olympic games.

During a meeting earlier in October in Lausanne, Switzerland, the committee decided that esports are sports. Strong growth among a younger demographic across the world makes esports stand out as a way to increase engagement with the Olympics. The committee also concluded that esports players train for competition as intensely as traditional athletes.

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But to be recognized further by the IOC, esports content "must not infringe on the Olympic values." This statement aligns with a similar sentiment expressed by IOC president Thomas Bach.

"We want to promote non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people," Bach said in August. "This doesn't match with video games, which are about violence, explosions, and killing. And there we have to draw a clear line."

Likewise, should esports be considered for the Olympics, there must be a governing body that guarantees compliance with the Olympic Movement rules, like anti-doping, betting, and match manipulation.

The committee will continue to discuss esports "in due course," according to the communique.

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