We are seeing reports from the International Esports Federation (IeSF) that the governing bodies for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games are in advanced talks to include Esports as demonstration events.
Via the BBC
“It won’t be possible to be an official discipline,” said IeSF acting secretary general Leopold Chung.
“But to be a demonstration title within the Paris Olympics.”
Esports are also going to be featured as a demonstration game in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia and again as an actual medal event for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.
The IeSF would like to see Paris as a main hub for European Esports much the same way Las Vegas is for the US. Getting titles into the Paris Olympics in any form would be historic for the org.
What games would be included could be another issue entirely.
IOC chief Thomas Bach set forth violence rules when speaking to France 24 News
“And the red line would be eGames which are killer games, where you have the promotion of violence or any kind of discrimination as a content.
“They can never be recognised as a part of the Olympic movement because they would be contrary to our values and principles,”
That leaves an interesting line in the sand for Esports. Games like Rocket League emulate traditional sports with unique twists while titles such as FIFA try to create outright sporting simulations. Most popular Esports games feature violence in some form no matter how cartoonish it’s portrayed. Battle Royale games, (the upcoming bread and butter of future Esports) hinge on killing all other players with guns. Traditional shooters like Call of Duty and Halo do the same. To have Esports without violence leaves very few games that aren’t just simulations of events already in the Olympics for real.
Perhaps fighting games like Street Fighter and Tekken can take stage as the Olympics supports Boxing and Wresting (two violent real world sports) already.
It will be exciting to see how this all plays out!