A new video from Mashable is saying that the Olympic committee may be adding professional gaming as an Olympic sport!
With the rise of eSports, and the high stakes tournaments becoming grander each year, it’s possible that gamers could compete for a gold medal particularly if the games are held in Los Angeles.
The City of Angels is one of several that have put their bid in for the 2024 games, and have pledged to include eSports in the games. According to the statement put out by LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman:
“LA 2024 fully supports the IOC’s mission to get young people all over the world leading active, healthy lifestyles. We view eSport’s immense global popularity and continued advances in digital technologies as tremendous tools for reconnecting Millennials with the Olympic Movement. The 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles – a city always imagining what’s next, where sport, entertainment and technology mix like nowhere else – would enable IOC to stay at the cutting edge of the digital youth engagement.”
Not only is LA taking steps, the International eSports Federation (IeSF) has submitted the “Official Letter of Request,” in order to gain recognition from the Olympic committee. IeSF President Byung Hun Jun released a statement in April saying,
"We still have many tasks to cover and this will be indeed a difficult challenge. Nevertheless, we will keep on driving our forces for e-sports to become an official sport and also care for the welfare of e-sport athletes. This calling can be successfully completed with the continuous support from our e-sport fans, Athletes, games companies, and partners wiring together in the e-sports industry."
It's unknown which games would be played in the Olympics, but the inclusion of gaming would be the first step towards embracing more technology as part of the modern sporting world.