The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had just announced that they will host an Esports forum along with fellow organisation, The Global Association of International Sports Federation.
Several participants such as esports organisations, publishers and even players will be invited to join the Olympic organisations in order to discuss gaming and esports. The potential impacts of the two had maintained interest of the IOC and they wish to work with many esports organisations in a mutual beneficial way in the future of sports.
“We are pleased to be hosting our first “Esports Forum”, which is a great opportunity for both the Olympic Movement and representatives from the world of esports and gaming to begin a discussion, listen and learn from each other, and understand the potential opportunities for collaboration. The IOC and GAISF are closely following the rapid development of esports globally, and we look forward to a really engaging discussion,” said IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell.
A number of topics had already been planned for this historic forum such the key to Twitch’s success, The World of Esports and Gender Equality in all sports. There will also be a number of behind-the-scenes topics such as investor perspective, media broadcasting, and governance, structure and best practices will be talked about.
On July 21st, the forum will be held at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne and there would be no doubt a lot of coverage of this event take place. GAISF President Patrick Baumann said, “We understand that sport never stands still and the phenomenal growth of esports and gaming is part of its continuing evolution. The Esports Forum provides an important and extremely valuable opportunity for us to gain a deeper understanding of esports, their impact and likely future development, so that we can jointly consider the ways in which we may collaborate to the mutual benefit of all of sport in the years ahead.”
In many ways, this is an exciting prospect for esports and will even host more opportunities for many gaming titles to grow and gain publicity. Though it is not strictly confirmed that esports will be part of the Olympics, this event suggests that the situation was on its way to evolution.