In this article, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach reasons why esports might not become part of the Olympic roster anytime soon:
“We cannot have in the Olympic program a game which is promoting violence or discrimination,” he told the AP. “So-called killer games. They, from our point of view, are contradictory to the Olympic values and cannot therefore be accepted.”
“Of course every combat sport has its origins in a real fight among people,” he said. “But sport is the civilized expression about this. If you have egames where it’s about killing somebody, this cannot be brought into line with our Olympic values.”
Now he isn’t completely against the idea of adding esports as an Olympic discipline, he is just cautious about including games with violence in them.
The article is short and omits many details, such as titles of games that they consider promoting these values, so it isn’t very nuanced. Esports isn’t a monolith and a number of games in the esports scene have very little to do with combat and such. However, the larger idea persists: where are they drawing the line? Would a game such as Overwatch be considered too violent despite the non-graphic depiction of it? Would they consider sports games?
What do you think about this statement?