Getting eSports into the Olympics is going to be tougher than you might think
It's possible that the rush to get eSports into the Olympics might be a bit overblown. Do we even know that the top competitors would even bother to show up? The training regimen in games like StarCraft is so intense that taking time off for an any tournament is a risk.You can very easily fall behind other players if you stop practicing for travel or a long competition.
We might be overlooking whether inclusion in the Olympics is beneficial to the players in the rush to give eSports more exposure. Do players and tournaments benefit from an event that may eclipse all other tournaments, while still potentially not offering prize money? Would the entirety of eSports benefit if only one game, likely League of Legends, was selected? Would eSports fans even tune in if the best players didn't show up?
There are a lot of unanswered questions, and for now I'm content to wait patiently until they're answered before eSports is rushed onto the world stage. Of course, this piece from Kill Screen suggests that we may have quite a while left to think it over.
- Jason Johnson
- Kill Screen