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International Olympic Committee will hold a forum on esports

The scope of electronic sports will be analyzed todayInternational Olympic Committee

The debate about the value of esports and its recognition as a sport is still valid. In fact, the International Olympic Committee prepares a discussion forum on competitive gaming and its possible inclusion in world-class sporting events.

The International Olympic Committee will meet with members of the Global Assembly of International Sports Federations on July 21, at the Olympic Museum located in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The meeting will be attended by all those involved in the competitive video game scene so there will be professional players, sponsors, distributors, event organizers, media and various companies.

The forum will analyze ways to build a union between organizations, in order to establish a platform that will be functional in the future for the esports industry and Olympic sporting events.

"We understand that sport never stops and the phenomenal growth of sports and games is part of its continuous evolution. The esports forum provides an important and extremely valuable opportunity for us to gain a deeper understanding of electronic sports, their impact and their possible future development, "said Patrick Baumann, president of the Global Assembly of International Sports Federations.

For his part, Kit McConnell, sports director of the International Olympic Committee, was enthusiastic about the celebration of the esports forum. From their perspective, it is a great opportunity for everyone to share their point of view and there is continuous communication between both sectors.

"It's a great opportunity for both the Olympic movement and representatives of the world of esports and the game to start a discussion, listen and learn from each other, and analyze possible opportunities for collaboration," McConnell said.

The International Olympic Committee pointed out that esports can be considered as sports and, as such, could reach conventional world sports competitions. However, the agency said that violent titles are not welcome, as they go against the principles of the Olympic Games.

Despite this, not all agencies agree, as the German Olympic Committee did not recognize esports as a sport. However, competitive gaming is already confirmed for the Asian Games 2018 and for the 2022 edition.


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