Which is kind of inconsistent with the event’s history of naked, greased men wrestling, but whatever, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach isn’t having any of it. The violence, explosions, and killing, I mean, not (necessarily) the naked, greased men wrestling.
The debate about video games as actual sports is one of those things that – much like the debate about video games as art – is mostly a matter of opinion, and an otherwise tedious waste of internet space. But whatever your doubtless very impressive thesis on the matter, the incorporation of competitive gaming in the Olympics is very much a real prospect. If it’s something “proper” sporty like FIFA or Dead or Alive, anyway. Probably not Dead or Alive, though.
“We want to promote non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people. This doesn’t match with video games, which are about violence, explosions, and killing. And there we have to draw a clear line,” Bach told the South China Morning Post.
“So if ever somebody is competing at playing football virtually or playing other sports virtually, this is of high interest. We hope that, then, these players are really delivering sports performance. If [fans] at the end would even play the sports in the real world, we would even be more happy.”
He added that “discussions are going on” to include competitive gaming as a medal event in the Paris 2024 Olympics, which also counts that gymnastics thing with the ball and that’s totally lame.