If there’s nonetheless any doubt that esports is coming into the mainstream, simply look to the world’s greatest sporting occasion: The Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) have announced they may host an esports discussion board, seeking to gauge whether or not or not esports has a spot within the Olympics.
According to the discharge, the IOC and GAISF will host esports gamers, recreation publishers, groups, media, sponsors and occasion organizers, in addition to National Olympic Committees, International Sports Federations, athletes and the IOC. The group as a complete is seeking to “explore synergies, build joint understanding, and set a platform for future engagement between esports and gaming industries and the Olympic Movement.”
In the discharge, GAISF President Patrick Baumann mentioned:
Along with the IOC, the GAISF appears ahead to welcoming the esports and gaming neighborhood to Lausanne. We perceive that sport by no means stands nonetheless and the exceptional development of esports and gaming is a part of its persevering with evolution. The Esports Forum supplies an necessary and intensely beneficial alternative for us to achieve a deeper understanding of esports, their influence and sure future growth, in order that we are able to collectively think about the methods during which we could collaborate to the mutual good thing about all of sport within the years forward.
Some of the panels on the discussion board embody an interview on “The Key to Twitch’s Success,” “Future Opportunities for Collaboration,” an interview on “A Day in the Life of an Elite Player” and a panel on “Gender Equality in All Sports.”
Esports have continued to develop at a powerful clip. The Overwatch League has launched city-based groups into the combo, whereas Fortnite had an enormous Pro-Am match at e3, to not point out Epic’s introduction of a $100 million tournament prize pool for aggressive play.
Considering how weird a number of the Olympic sports activities are — I’m taking a look at you, Biathlon — the potential introduction of esports to the Olympic slate virtually appears bizarre.