Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is still not sure if, or when, e-sports might be incorporated into the Olympic Games.
He said, “We cannot have in the Olympic programme a game which prompts violence or discrimination. So-called killer games. They, from our point of view, are contradictory to Olympic values and cannot therefore be accepted.”
For the first time, e-sports are being included in the Asian Games as a demonstration sport.
As reported by AP, the IOC has been mulling over many of these questions since holding an e-sports forum in July at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“Of course every combat sport has its origins in a real fight among people”, said Bach,”but sport is the civilized expression of this. If you have e-games where it's about killing somebody, this cannot be brought into line with our Olympic values."
Asian Games organizers several days ago expressed sympathy for victims of the deadly shooting at a video games tournament in a Florida shopping mall. They blamed US gun laws, not e-sports.
The President of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, Kenneth Fok, said, “I think this is a bigger issue of gun control and access to guns.”