Campaigners have been trying to get eSports included in to the Olympics for some while and there was eSports forum in July at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. However, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has given one fairly good reason why they won’t be included, and one that is rather puzzling.
“We cannot have in the Olympic program a game which is promoting violence or discrimination,” he told the Associated Press. “So-called killer games. They, from our point of view, are contradictory to the Olympic values and cannot therefore be accepted.”
Killer games, that’s new one. Anyway, his valid point is that many eSport titles involving murdering the other players and that just doesn’t work for an event that is about bringing people together in harmony for friendly competition. That said I can’t see any difference between a bought of Street Fighter V and a judo match, and of course there are games that are non violent such as Rocket League.
What’s more worrying is that he think games promote discrimination, I’m trying to think of any mainstream games that could accused of that but I’m struggling. Female fighters are now common place, I can’t think of any games that racists or homophobic other than those occasional hate games that can be in found in the depths of Steam, so quite where Bach has got that notion from is a mystery.