The IOC announces the creation of the “Esports Olympics”, the world of gaming is eating away at its market share

The IOC announces the creation of the “Esports Olympics”, the world of gaming is eating away at its market share
The IOC announces the creation of the “Esports Olympics”, the world of gaming is eating away at its market share

The IOC assures that this event will not be linked to the traditional Olympics. But esports is now emerging as a growing phenomenon.

The International Olympic Committee will launch “esports Olympic Games”, distinct from the traditional Olympic Games, according to a periodicity and contours that are still mysterious, its president Thomas Bach announced on Friday.

During its third and final day of meeting in Lausanne, the executive of the Olympic body decided to “to propose” this new competition at the 142e session, which will be decided between July 23 and 24 in Paris, the German leader told the press.

“We are talking with a potential host. Discussions are progressing well, we feel like it’s promising, and if all goes well we will be able to make an announcement very soon.”promised Thomas Bach.

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Between Olympic tradition and audience renewal

The IOC, in perpetual search of conciliation between Olympic tradition and renewal of its audience, had already organized in Singapore a first “Olympic esports week” in June 2023 and created an “esports commission” chaired by the Frenchman David Lappartient and responsible since October 2023 for thinking about a dedicated competition.

I don’t think you’ll see an esports event at the Olympics, but you may see an esports event very soon

On the question of mixing esports and classic events, Thomas Bach’s conviction had been established for several months: “I don’t think you’ll see an esports event at the Olympics, but you might see an esports Games very soon”he explained at the end of April.

On Friday, he confirmed that future dedicated Games would be organized “as part of an entirely new specialized structure within the IOC, clearly separated from the organizational and financial model of the Olympic Games”. He nevertheless clarified that the international federations “already engaged in an electronic version of their sport”as well as the national Olympic committees “who include esports in their activities” could be associated with this organization.

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