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PRESIDENT OF THE IOC CASTS DOUBTS OVER ESPORTS
VIDEOGAMES AND ESPORTS have been criticised as not being compatible with the ethos of the Olympic games as they “[promote] violence and discrimination”, according to the head of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach. Speaking to the Associated Press, Bach said “So-called killer games. They, from our point of view, are contradictory to the Olympic values and cannot therefore be accepted.” However, Bach has neglected to say which games in particular he has taken offence to.
ESports have most recently been featured at the Asian Games. Six titles — Arena of Valor, Clash Royale, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 and StarCraft 2 (above) — were played as a demonstration sport, with plans to have eSports promoted to a permanent event in the future. Bach still needs convincing, despite having won an Olympic gold medal in fencing.
“Of course every combat sport has its origins in a real fight among people,” Bach said. “But sport is the civilised expression about this. If you have egames where it’s about killing somebody, this cannot be brought into line with our Olympic values.”