That’s just a reverse way of saying the same thing or You are saying “The question is not whether esports is worthy of Olympics, rather if Olympics is worthy of esports” which is even worse.
Revenue & interest shouldn’t dictate the format of an ancient event like Olympics. We are diluting the integrity of the event to make more bucks.
Olympics is a celebration of human accomplishment over physical limits.
running in record time, jumping the highest, jumping the longest, swimming the fastest, etc. These all are physical activities which are rightly admired during Olympics.
We have already diluted that with addition of lame ‘sports’ into the rooster but atleast for them, there is an element of ‘Let’s give these smaller sporting events some exposure, it will be good for its development’.
Gaming on other hand is making good bucks and gamers are earning well, so they don’t need to be involved in Olympics.
Also there are issues with Gaming.
- There are no national teams. current teams are comprised of multi national players.(Apparently incorrect…my bad)
- Which game is the right indicator of the skillset? FIFA? DOTA? LOL?
It will end up being like swimming with several branches but unlike swimming it won’t have one main branch because no game maker will consider their game inferior.
Adding a big revenue making sports has not worked out for Olympics so far. Addition of Basketball, Football, Cricket did nothing for Olympics. The audience interest is still low.
Big sports always end up being it’s subset version in Olympics.
We only end up adding new sports into Olympics and making a haywire of the whole show. There are only so many channels which can cover the matches. We end up not giving proper coverage to any event. There is no buildup for even the finals of a sport. There is no romance to the sports unless you have charismatic figures like Usain Bolt in the event.
Imagine adding seven more layers to that with gaming because you have so many games out there and new games will push for the spot as well.
Coverage becomes a big issue. It won’t do justice to existing sports and e-sports.