Videogames in the Olympics?


You read that right: Videogames might one day make their debut at the Olympics! At least that is what Bob Pardo, the creator of a little game called World of Warcraft, discusses in a recent interview with BBC.

“There’s a very good argument for eSports being in the Olympics. I think the way that you look at eSports is that it’s a very competitive skillset and you look at these professional gamers and the reflexes are lightning quick and they’re having to make very quick decisions on the fly.”

Pardo made a good point about the athletic ability of pro-gamers. They are not couch potatoes or desk junkies. To excel in the world of professional gaming, players must not only train at the game, but train themselves as well. Pros typically have mad hand-eye coordination, insane reflexes and twitch reactions and excellent communication skills. They must execute their role perfectly and be able to think clearly and rationally at all times. And trust me when I say the latter is not always easy.

So what kind of games would make it to the Olympics? Fighting games such as Super Smash Brothers and Street Fighter are likely. Shooting games such as Call of Duty and Halo for sure. MOBAs like League of Legends, DOTA 2 and SMITE seem like obvious choices.  There is no limit to the possibilities!

Or is there? What about sports videogames like FIFA and Madden? Would those stand a chance at making the cut? Or how about Starcraft II, Pokemon or even Guitar Hero? Hell, Mario Kart. Where would they draw the line at what is considered an Olympic worthy game and what isn’t?

That, my friends, is what will need to be decided first if we ever want to see eSports become an Olympic sport.