E-Sports: Walking Our Own Path
E-Sports should focus on improving itself first, rather than bothering with the Olympics
Written by Raja Khairulanwar
The recent Asian Games in Jakarta marked a first for the E-Sports movement when it debuted in a multi-sport competition event.
While many declared the success of E-Sports in the Jakarta Asian Games, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach shot down the possibility of E-Sports featuring in the Olympics, arguing that the Olympics cannot include “a game which is promoting violence or discrimination”.
Many stakeholders were not surprised by Bach’s comments, thus sprung up heated debates all over – for and against E-Sports’s debut into the Olympics.
I’m in the camp that believes E-Sports should ignore being in the Olympics.
First, the lack of governing bodies in E-Sports is holding it back from joining top-level competitions.
The president of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF), Kenneth Fok Kai-Kong, cited that E-Sports needs to have a formal structure to gain recognition from governments and the Olympics.
His opinions bear weight with this issue, being part of the top end of the Asian E-Sports community.
E-Sports cannot run with the current Olympic scheduling, due to its fast-paced nature and constant evolution.
Michal “Carmac” Blicharz, from ESL, an E-Sports organiser, was quoted as saying that you cannot force E-Sports to follow Olympic-styled structure due to its informal structures, and short life-cycles. This shows the difficulties that make E-Sports incompatible with the Olympics.
The final reason is the controversy of E-Sports using the Olympics for legitimacy.
Rahul Sood, CEO of Unikrn, an established brand in E-Sports, said that E-Sports needs to decide if it needs legitimacy from the Olympics or whether it should strike out on its own.
In conclusion, I feel that E-Sports should not be in the Olympics presently, and is better off using its energy to improve on itself.
E-Sports has grown without help, thus should not be tied down by anyone who refuses to see it on its own terms.
But who knows what the future holds?