There are estimated to be around 250 million players worldwide. By 2020, it’s predicted that esports will generate billions in global revenue.
This means that many companies are wanting esports to be taken seriously. Thus, its aim to be included in the Olympics.
At this year’s Asian Games, esports was demonstrated for the first time at a traditional sporting championship.
However, International Olympic Committee (IOC) aren’t on board with the idea of including esports in the Olympics.
The IOC president, Thomas Bach says the “so-called killer games” which promote violence or discrimination cannot be accepted into the Games.
“If you have egames where it’s about killing somebody, this cannot be brought into line with our Olympic values,” he said at the Asian Games.
Alisports CEO Zhang Dazhong, who partnered with the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to feature electronic sports as a demonstration event in the 2018 Asian Games, said the games would need to be expanded in order to be included in the Olympics.
“The Asian Games is the first step. We are working towards meeting the standards set by the IOC,” he said.
Players from 18 nations competed across six different games at the 18th Asian Games.
Recognised by the IOC as a sport, the Jakarta event was also a trial run for esports to be included as an exhibition event in the 2024 Paris Olympics.