At the face of recent, developments that are favorable, it looks doubtful that eSports will be included in the Olympic Games subsequent comments.
Speaking to this South China Morning Post (via GamesIndustry), the Bach straight-forwardly said that the most popular games inside the video game marketplace just do not align with the values held from the Olympic Games.
That the following is specifically said by Bach:
“We want to market non-discrimination, non-violence, and peace among people. This doesn’t fit with video games, which are all about explosions violence, and killing. And there were also to draw a line. ”
But, Bach suggests that sport simulation (which I guess also leaves the door open for Rocket League) titles might be under consideration.
“So if somebody is competing at playing football virtually or playing different sports virtually, this can be of high interest. We expect that, then, these players are actually delivering sports performance. If [fans] in the end and the sport would play in the real world, we would even be happy. ”
As you may recall, Paris’ bid for the Olympics brought up perhaps introducing eSports to the 2024 games, however that reality looks unlikely under the International Olympic Committee. To this stage of Paris 2024 eSports talk, Bach adds:
“These talks are happening. It will take some time since this industry is shaping itself. Its a industry, but it’s not very established within an organizational manner. ”
Bach also ignites other concerns about the inclusion of eSports, citing the absence of business regulators and standardized rules around topics like illegal performance medications, as well that eSports at the conclusion of the day are a commercial product which can one day, technically, maybe not exist if the parent company goes under or moves on from said product.