Esports, or competitive video gaming, has been growing rapidly in popularity and recognition in recent years. With millions of fans, players and spectators around the world, esports has become a global phenomenon that transcends cultural and geographical boundaries. But can esports also become a part of the Olympics? After all, it’s the world’s most prestigious and inclusive sporting event. In this article, we’ll explore:
- Why esports should be in the Olympics at all;
- The recent backlash against the implementation of esports in the Olympics; and
- Why games like Rocket League, Valorant, and CS:GO should be included in the Olympic Esports Series.
Why Esports Should Be in the Olympics
Esports has many characteristics that make it compatible with the Olympic values and principles. First of all, esports is a form of sport. It requires physical and mental skills, such as coordination, reaction, strategy, teamwork, and communication. Esports athletes train hard to hone their abilities and compete at the highest level, just like traditional athletes. Esports also promotes fair play, respect and solidarity among players and fans. Additionally, esports is big on diversity and inclusion across genders, ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Esports can also inspire young people to pursue their dreams and passions, as well as to adopt healthy lifestyles and habits.
Secondly, esports is a form of sport that is accessible and adaptable to different contexts and environments. Esports can be played online or offline, with minimal equipment and infrastructure requirements. It can also be adapted to different genres and formats, such as virtual sports (simulating real sports) or fantasy sports (creating fictional worlds and characters). Esports can also be integrated with emerging technologies such as VR, AI, and AI to create innovative and immersive experiences for players and spectators.
Thirdly, esports is a form of sport that is popular and engaging for a large and diverse audience. Esports has a global fan base of over 500 million people, who watch live streams, tournaments and events online or offline. Esports also attracts sponsors, media partners and celebrities who support the growth and development of the industry. Additionally, it can generate social and economic benefits for host cities and countries, such as tourism, employment, education and entertainment.