The Weekend Chat: The Future of Esports

 
 

Earlier this week, news came forward that esports were being considered for the 2024 Paris Olympics. If true, this would be the first time that the still nascent digital scene would appear alongside longstanding medal-events.

While the issue of esports’ legitimacy alongside other, more traditional sports is something that’s been contested since the days of competitive Quake, it does raise some interesting questions.

Are the Olympics an acceptable venue for esports?

Should they have their own venue? Is the issue muddied by the fact that these games are essentially products?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Comments Comments (11)

 
Posted by Syn-Ryn
On Friday 11 Aug 2017 4:17 PM
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It doesn't seem like anyone in esports actually cares whether they should be considered sports or not, it's moved beyond needing that for legitimacy.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Friday 11 Aug 2017 4:35 PM
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Gaming is so massive that they should have their own massive event.
 
 
 
Posted by Bank
On Friday 11 Aug 2017 6:14 PM
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Like, esportsCOMPETITVEGAMING right now is super strong, it's legit. You can't deny it. Syn-Ryn (ayy lmao dawg) is right.

The issue and big hurdle is overcoming player attitude and creating real 'professional conduct' that will carry a new framework of prestige for all of eternity. The general audience and occasionally some premiere players are still toxic, or fckboys. The audience is just bad, worse than NBA/NRL hood arguments. It doesn't matter what outside people think, the inside people have more than enough power of change.

Always excited to see how we continue improving this, because it is definitely happening. DOTA and LoL are always lightyears above the rest, but that's only a fraction of competitive game flavours.
 
 
 
Posted by Unfathomable-Ruination
On Friday 11 Aug 2017 6:58 PM
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Maybe make an E-Lympics, with various games and genres. While I accept E-Sports as a sport, I don't think it has a place at the Olympics.
 
 
 
Posted by drunk_monk
On Friday 11 Aug 2017 7:13 PM
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It's as much a sport as chess. So it makes as much sense as things like chess.

I don't think it should push to be treated like a sport because I don't see the potebtial negative press benefiting it. But hey if the Olympic comitee likes ir then who cares really, good on it.
 
 
 
Posted by Syn-Ryn
On Friday 11 Aug 2017 9:30 PM
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11 August 2017, 06:14 PM Reply to Bank
Like, esportsCOMPETITVEGAMING right now is super strong, it's legit. You can't deny it. Syn-Ryn (ayy lmao dawg) is right.

The issue and big hurdle is overcoming player attitude and creating real 'professional conduct' that will carry a new framework of prestige for all of eternity. The general audience and occasionally some premiere players are still toxic, or fckboys. The audience is just bad, worse than NBA/NRL hood arguments. It doesn't matter what outside people think, the inside people have more than enough power of change.

Always excited to see how we continue improving this, because it is definitely happening. DOTA and LoL are always lightyears above the rest, but that's only a fraction of competitive game flavours.
t h u g g e r y
 
 
 
Posted by OriginalSin
On Friday 11 Aug 2017 10:39 PM
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Competitive gaming has been branded e"sports" but a sport is something that is physical in nature.
Clicking buttons and moving a mouse or thumb stick just doesn't fit the bill for the Olympics.
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Friday 11 Aug 2017 11:44 PM
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11 August 2017, 10:39 PM Reply to OriginalSin
Competitive gaming has been branded e"sports" but a sport is something that is physical in nature.
Clicking buttons and moving a mouse or thumb stick just doesn't fit the bill for the Olympics.
Nah chess is a confirmed sport so that argument's out the window
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Saturday 12 Aug 2017 10:30 AM
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11 August 2017, 10:39 PM Reply to OriginalSin
Competitive gaming has been branded e"sports" but a sport is something that is physical in nature.
Clicking buttons and moving a mouse or thumb stick just doesn't fit the bill for the Olympics.
doesn't it stand for electronic sports? lol
 
 
 
Posted by MonkeyMan
On Saturday 12 Aug 2017 11:16 AM
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The problem I see with having it in the Olympics is the commercial nature of the underlying game, and the variability year on year. Like traditional sports, those currently in the Olympics, have a base set of rules that isn't really owned by anyone and will (mostly) stay the same each time the Olympics comes around. but esports relies on a game which has been made by a company that wants money, and that game might not be popular next Olympics so do they change the options each time around? that would be a headache for various reasons.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Saturday 12 Aug 2017 9:48 PM
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12 August 2017, 11:16 AM Reply to MonkeyMan
The problem I see with having it in the Olympics is the commercial nature of the underlying game, and the variability year on year. Like traditional sports, those currently in the Olympics, have a base set of rules that isn't really owned by anyone and will (mostly) stay the same each time the Olympics comes around. but esports relies on a game which has been made by a company that wants money, and that game might not be popular next Olympics so do they change the options each time around? that would be a headache for various reasons.
League of legends will probably be popular for several years to come, if not lol then dota will