Joe Rogan comments on the possibility of esports in the Olympics | News
Thomas Bach, President of International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently discussed the potential of esports being introduced into the Olympics, and he explained that violence in games such as CS:GO and Call of Duty is a huge no-go for the committee. He feels as if violence in video games contradict the values of the Olympics.
Stand-up comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan has shared his thoughts on the potential of esports joining the ranks of the Olympics on his popular podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience. In the episode, Rogan didn’t touch too heavily on the potential issue of violence in video games – more so that he feels like the IOC is trying to capitalise on the popularity of the ever-growing industry.
Here’s a portion of what he said:
This is the Olympics trying to cash in. That’s all that is. I think the Olympics are dirty, I think it’s a dirty business. If they did have [esports] in the Olympics, what they would basically do is, take these guys who are making millions and millions of dollars playing video games at a professional level, and they would make them work for free. And then [the Olympics] would make all the millions and millions of dollars, but say ‘yay, you get to be in the Olympics.’ It’s a dirty business.
There has been an ongoing debate including fans, personalities, industry figures, and players for quite a while as to whether esports needs the Olympics, or if the Olympics needs esports. Rogan obviously subscribes to the premise of the latter opinion.
Nonetheless, esports is still getting involved in big sporting events. Multiple titles were the basis of competition when esports was used as a demonstration sport at the 2018 Asian Games.