How do you transform a 1.5 trillion dollar industry into an Olympic sport?
This April, Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), suggested that esports could make their way into the Olympic Games so long as the games' content were in line with the non-violent values of the organization.
In this context, games such as Call of Duty or Mortal Kombat would be considered violent alongside more games with more cartoonish or fantastic conflict like Arena of Valor or League of Legends.
Although the definition of violent is vague, future Olympic-run video game competitions, like those being considered for the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, will likely focus on sports-themed titles .
Zhang Dazhong, Executive Director of Alisports told Reuters that the sports division of the Chinese tech giant Alibaba has confirmed that Olympic-related esports competitions in Asia will focus on sports-sim video games.
The acceptance of game competitions, however provisional, is key to moving esports into a position where it can meet the standards established by the IOC and begin the path towards becoming an Olympic event.
For our part, the LPE does not feature games considered violent, and fighting for the evolution of esports is part of the league's core mission. Our values of equality, transparency, fair play, and non-violence take historical inspiration from and advance the values of the Olympic games.