Should e-sports come to Olympics?

Should e-sports come to Olympics?

Should e-sports come to Olympics?

It was being speculated for quite some time that the growing fad of e-sports would make it go all the way to Olympics sooner than later. However, recently International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach suggested otherwise and received huge rebuke from video game fanatics all over the world. For those who have been spending hours or rather wasting hours sitting in front of a screen all day and explaining the world how e-sports will make them famous one day are definitely in for a disappointment. That being said, let us also acknowledge that people are earning in the world of e-sports and if reports are to be believed e-sports earnings are at an all time high. Twelve of the e-sports are paying as much as $1 million as prize amount. This makes us wonder if e-sports should already be welcomed into Olympics.


1. A career already

E-sports are already becoming a prime time profession, with lead players of the most popular games earning tons of money. These sports are also gaining massive support as well as sponsorship by top companies like BMW. It is evident that youth is and will be attracted to it. Why not make it official already by introducing it in Olympics?

2. Keeping up with time

Olympics have to keep in mind the interests of youth of the present generation. The definition of sports is changing and sports are no more confined to physical activities of predetermined nature. Mind games are also given equal importance like chess.

3. Physical exertion is involved

Some amount of physical exertion, better reflexes as well as coordination is required in e-sports too. It is wrong to rule out e-sports from Olympics on grounds that there is no physical activity involved as suggested by IOC president.

4. More viewers

More viewers and more sponsorship would be attracted to Olympics if e-sports could be given a place. It would eventually lead to better prize money to athletes.


1. Physical fitness

Apart from the fact that the spirit of Olympics have always been about physical strength, mortar reflexes and fitness, it is worth noting that e-sports makes a person extremely lazy, in most cases obese and sometimes causes injury to hands and fingers of those who play them for prolonged period of time. This is absolutely against the spirit of Olympics.

2. Changing fads

While a particular video game might be extremely popular as of now, it might not draw the same enthusiasm from the crowd after a few years when better and more exciting games come up with technologically advanced facade. It would only lead to unnecessary wastage of the time of youth to concentrate on one game only to know that it gets ruled out in the next couple of years.

3. Chess didn’t make it

Chess, bowling and billiards didn’t make it to Olympics yet for the same reason that there was no exertive physical activity involved. There is no chance for video games in the scenario when these extremely popular and competed games didn’t make it.

4. Violence

Even if e-sports would make it to Olympics, fans would be disappointed as the most popularly played video games would not be played. They are always violent, including explosions and killing.

It would be better if e-sports would rather have a separate event of their own like e-Olympics instead of mixing it up with the existing culture of sports at Olympics.
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  • RE: Should e-sports come to Olympics? -e-sports come to Olympics (05/04/18)
  • Don't think e-sports will ever find place in Olympics, it is just for entertainment unlike Olympics which showcases physical and mental excellence of the participants. Despite being gaining popularity, e-sports is just for fun but don't qualify to be the part of prestigious event like Olympics. Only popularity is not the criteria to be part of mega events.
  • RE: Should e-sports come to Olympics? -Srijan (01/14/18)
  • True e-sports should not be included in Olympics but because e-sports are more suitable for annual events simply because games change year to year. For example in 2018 a fifa tournament would require fifa 18 or 19 but in 2025, it would require fifa 25 or 26. It is wrong to e-sports make people lazy because most e-sports athletes are given a healthy diet with regular exercise to improve their performance. Infact it is see that regular exercises prevents tilting in an e-sports athlete.
  • RE: Should e-sports come to Olympics? -vineeta (01/11/18)
  • From my opinion e-sports should not be included in Olympics because sports is something which makes you physically and mentally fit, even the handicapped people quite challenging but still participate in paraolympics ,so why to be lethargic in up-ticking the sports to a new platform.
  • RE: Should e-sports come to Olympics? -Shruti Shrabya (10/30/17)
  • Olympics is related to physical skills and expertise. Putting e-sports in Olympics would make the person lazy and obese. It cannot draw the same interest among the crowd when come up technologically. If e-sports come to Olympics, the fans will start losing interest in other most played video games.

    Being included in Olympics, rather e-sports should have its separate events.
  • RE: Should e-sports come to Olympics? -ganesh sirsath (09/12/17)
  • I think e-sports should not have any place in Olympics. Because olympics all about the stamina, confidance, Reflexes. If it include in the Olympics we automatically motivating the youth generation to avoiding the ground sports which are essential for staying the healthy. This generations are totally addicted with e-sports and also they are good in it but it should be avoid from the olympics.
  • RE: Should e-sports come to Olympics? -Group Discussion (09/07/17)
  • E-sports are gaining popularity and played competitively, have garnered millions of spectators already. Increased viewership has been asking questions for it to be inducted in Olympics. It might not find place to showcase spirit of excellence in the leading international sports events but it's looked to have promising future. It is nascent events but currently enjoys enormous attention and funding. IOC has turned down to take a note but it's future is much more secure in this digital world.~
  • RE: Should e-sports come to Olympics? -Pankaj soni (09/07/17)
  • I think. Every new generation want to participate in sports
    Games. I was looked on small child on computer. Where
    He was busy in playing e- sports gmaes. Ans also feeling
    Enjoying for playing games. E- sport games also helpful for
    Child for developing skills power. And also helpful for understanding
    Of games basic.