Video gaming will be a part of Olympic Games, if it was up to the creator of World of Warcraft.
In an interview with the BBC, Rob Pardo, the former Blizzard CCO said that competitive video gaming or e-sports should be added to the list of traditional competitions that take place at Olympic events.
Pardo's argument is that public interest in video game competitions has now soared to a level that it can draw fans to stadiums, which is why, he thinks, it warrants inclusion in Olympic games.
"Videogames are well positioned to be a spectator sport. Pardo told Afternoon Edition on BBC 5 Live. "There's a very good argument for e-sports being in the Olympics.
"I think the way that you look at e-sports is that it's a very competitive skillset and you look at these professional gamers and the reflexes are lightning quick and their having to make very quick decisions on the fly. When you look at their 'actions per minute', they're clearing over 300."
It means that in a world where Pardo is the boss of everything, this guy would be an Olympian:
Jokes aside, Pardo's argument makes sense from financial sense, but then all that sells isn't a sport. If selling tickets is a priority then why just stop at e-gaming? Why not add a singing competition to Olympics as well?
A similar case is of chess, which has long been kept out of Olympics by the IOC due to it being a 'mind sport.' Granted that chess doesn't fascinate masses like video games do, but then that criteria of selection for Olympics is completely wrong.
There is one thing though. While video gaming tournaments take place all over the world, what's missing is a larger, unified event that operates on the principles of a world competition. Perhaps, gaming bigwigs like Pardo should come together and set up an Olympic-level competition of their own. But desiring inclusion in the Summer Olympics just on the basis of public interest makes no sense.