Online games should be included in the Olympic Games

Online games should be included in the Olympic Games
The rapid escalation of online gamer in the entire world sparks the issue whether it should be included in the Olympics. Online games, nowadays, are usually conducted through tournaments. It is commonly called the E-Sports. Apparently, it already has a world championship event. Now, do you think that E-Sports should be part of the Olympics? Is it really a sport, in the first place?



no need, but sure

I think one of the better things about e-sports is that it grew to its current size and has become a strong competitor to traditional sports, all without having to pander or prove itself to the establishment. I think E-sports is fine on its own and doesn't need the Olympics to make it any more or less credible, but if they do decide to include themselves in it then why not, I guess. I think both sides have something to gain from this move, but ultimately, I think either party really doesn't need each other to thrive.
Posted by Wubwub on 11-17-2018

intellectual athletes

I think the Olympics is primarily about competition and online gaming surely falls under that category. It will be a good addition to the events being played and will foster intellectual athletes.
Posted by iambeth on 11-17-2018


It gives opportunity for physically weak people like me. I am just good with online games, or computer games, and have a weak body. I have physically conditions that prohibits me from playing sports so I would appreciate and love it if online games are to be included in the Olympic Games.
Posted by hstinscdln on 11-17-2018

It already is!

It has been announced that Esports wil be a medal event at the 2022 Asian Games. Money talks and it is predicted that by 2020 Esports would generate around $1 billion. The players of professional teams of Esports have also practiced and perfected their craft just like other competitors in the oylmpics. They have dedicated a better portion of their adult life on their craft just like other athletes in sports so I don't see any issue with it.
Posted by pencilneckgeek on 12-12-2018



The Ancient Greeks Got It Right

"The ancient Olympic Games were initially a one-day event until 684 BC, when they were extended to three days. In the 5th century B.C., the Games were extended again to cover five days. The ancient Games included running, long jump, shot put, javelin, boxing, pankration and equestrian events." ( Source: https://www.olympic.or...c-games/the-sports-events )

The ancient Greeks got it right the first time. The Olympics is about physical competitive sports.

Posted by Anonymous on 11-17-2018

The Ancient Greeks Got It Right - I Agree!

The ancient Greeks got it right the first time. The Olympics is about athletes and about physical competitive sports.

"The ancient Olympic Games were initially a one-day event until 684 BC, when they were extended to three days. In the 5th century B.C., the Games were extended again to cover five days. The ancient Games included running, long jump, shot put, javelin, boxing, pankration and equestrian events." ( Source: https://www.olympic.or...c-games/the-sports-events )

Posted by cmoneyspinner on 11-17-2018

No value added

Olympics were made for the physical display of the body. And the gaming and stuff which is indoor has no value in the olympic. How exactly real physical strength is used? Just like chess it is being tested for the mind. So does not look like much value system there.
Posted by overcast on 11-18-2018

Takes the fun away.

I don't see the reason we should be involved online games in Olympic Games. The games is something that have been fun when we watch it live and that is the need for us not to include online games.
Posted by Barida on 11-17-2018


People come to see and watch the olympics to see the greatest athletes in the world compete at a high level for the gold. Gamers are awesome, I am one after all. But they/we aren't Olympians...and shouldn't be included along with them.
Posted by NickJ on 11-17-2018

Not a physical challenge

To me, the Olympic Games are all about physical challenges. I don't think online games have a physical component so it's like comparing two entirely different things. Keep the Olympics the way they are.
Posted by amelia88 on 11-18-2018

Umm, No

I don't think online games should be included on the Olympics because they're a league of their own. I mean, for me, Olympics are games that needs a lot of physical and mental training and I don't think Online games are suited for that category because Online games are a bit different. There is actually Olympic-like events for Online Gamers and I guess that's enough.
Posted by jaybee19 on 11-18-2018


I am completely disagree. Online Game is far different from Olympic Games. Olympic has been there for so many years and only best of the best can play in there.
Posted by mark86 on 11-18-2018

Pro Gamer is not an athlete

The Olympics is a gathering of the best athletes from around the world. Most of which have trained their entire lives to compete. This is from countless rigorous PHYSICAL training. Don't even lump gamers, pro or not, into the Olympics. It's going to bring down the people who sacrificed a lot for this PRESTIGIOUS event.
Posted by rlpzbeermoney on 12-01-2018

I'm sorry, but no.

I'm sorry to disagree. I don't have anything against online games. They have good avenues to show their skills and compete in a place and competition suited for them. I personally think that they shouldn't be included in an event where real athletes who train and maintain their mind and body healthy are competing against each other. Let's face it, online games are far from these games in the Olympics. I till support online gamers though.
Posted by theresajane on 11-17-2018


Online games are yet to be considered athlete sports. I think them having a world Championship is enough for now. To join them in the ranks of athletes would feel like defying discipline of sports that are included in the Olympics. I am not discrediting the intelligence needed to play e-games on a global scale, but it is still not to be compared on Olympics well established sports.
Posted by emiaj55 on 11-17-2018


I think there should a separate competition for online games. Olympics are physical sports. I don’t think online games fits to the category. It should not be included in the olympics. Egames are completely different category.
Posted by thejoyrevolution on 11-17-2018


I believe that egames are a good sport mentally. It was very challenging and will test your mental strength. However, I don't think that these online games should be included in the olympics. They serve different purpose and can only create confusion to other people on what really the purpose of olympics. Online games are more of physical skills and strength while online games focuses on your intellectual strength. Maybe they should have other platforms to showcase their skills and not in Olympics.
Posted by burgosmichael2407 on 11-18-2018

Not quite common

I am a gamer but I have to disagree on this one. When we say the Olympics it is a variety of sports that were played during the classic ages. These kinds of sports are unique and not quite common to see on the television. Some of the sports are relays, jumping obstacles, races and other such sports that do not really have a certain title to it unlike Fifa, NBA or MLB. Such sports are quite unique and are noticeable during the old eras of time. So to see gaming on this certain level will really make a disgrace to the legacy the Olympics have built.
Posted by YoloBoy on 11-18-2018

Online games are different with Olympic games

I think online games should not be included in the Olympic games because they are different and there are a lot of avenues for professional online game players to compete into. The International, EVO, World Pump Festival, Dreamhack, and Electronic Sports World Cup are some of the online gaming competitions in the world.
Posted by clarisseblogs on 11-19-2018
I agree with you. Online games and there world championships are big in their own field already. They don't have to joing the Olympics to prove something.

No, never.

I am totally against including online games in Olympics. Olympics is a test of physical fitness and endurance. It tests you to the maximum limit. Online games will again involve technical problems with internet connectivity and there are chances of gaining advantage and unfair play. Let us relish the way the games are being played and include only physical games.
Posted by kaushikangara on 11-17-2018

Esports do NOT need to be included in the Olympics

As someone who watches Dota 2 esports religiously, I don't want esports to be included in the Olympics (my reasons for this are solely in a Dota 2 esports fan's perspective though). When it comes to esports, I don't like it when players are forced to only play with teams that are in their own countries. It limits the potential of those players to mesh well with other players from other nationalities and will probably create a monopoly of China teams dominating the esports scene.

The Olympics forces people to compete for their own country. As this contradicts with my beliefs stated earlier about esports, I do not want a Dota 2, let alone an esports category in the Olympics.

Posted by axl2468 on 11-21-2018


I am an athlete myself and the answer is always no! Esports are not sports. You can't put running, football, basketball and playing games in the same category.
Posted by koki12346 on 11-25-2018


I disagree with online games being included in the Olympic games. I myself love video games and I being E-sport is a legit thing, but e-sport in the Olympics is kinda off. In my own opinion, we should categorize or make a new Olympics that is on associated with E-games we can call it E- Olympics
Posted by antonToledo on 12-07-2018

No, they should not be included!

Dating from Ancient Greece, Olympic Games were always about athletes competing against each other, with the skills they possess. Throwing a rock, a javelin, swimming, playing soccer nowadays. All of this disciplines require the actual involvement of muscles, brain, physical abilities and skills. Tradition should be respected and Online Games should not be included into Olympic Games. Someone should make something similar to Olympic Games, but just for those who play computer games.
Posted by NikSuks on 12-16-2018


I support online gamers, but not to the point that they should be included in Olympics. I personally think that it would be slap on the athletes' face who train with their mind and body to be fit and healthy in both aspects. Let's just give these online gamers a grandest platform like the Olympics.
Posted by theresajane on 11-17-2018
So do I. They should stay in online game not in the real games where the best of the best players around the world are competing together.
Posted by mark86 on 11-18-2018
Totally agree to this, I also support online games, I play online games too but to the point where it gets included in Olympics is through the roof, like what you've said I also want these online gamers to have another platform for like an online type of Olympics but not really called Olympics.
Posted by davedaot on 12-04-2018
Do we really classify computer game players as athletes? If we say no then they might point out the chess which is a mind’s game that doesn’t really need physical strength and skills. Chess is included in the Olympic games. Maybe there should be a category that is like the computer games will be classified as special sports just like the skateboarding which falls under that classification which also includes ballroom dancing.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-11-2018
True. All those athletes that make it to the Olympics, literally sacrifice their lives since they're toddlers to reach that olympic level. So, taking in consideration all that physical and mental training, and adding the sacrifice, they deserve their status and competition. Online gamers already have their competitions, and believe me, those are really hard too. They are super talented and dedicated, but that's another kind of effort.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-13-2018
I like to play online games and I will also like to participate in online game competitions. However, supporting online games to be included in the Olympics is completely out of question. I have regularly been playing badminton at college and state level and I know how much effort the players who participate in the Olympics have to put into reaching that level. These players almost dedicate there lives to there games and train for years together to attain the fitness and mental strength to compete at the highest level of Olympics.
Posted by jpk0007 on 11-17-2018
I agree with you. Though online gamers also dedicate their time to their field, it's still different with real athletes. I hope no one in their right mind would go to the Olympics' committee and file a petition about this.
Posted by theresajane on 11-20-2018
I think online games offer no display of physical energy. And no strength is being tested here. Only the mental stamina and the capacity to play the game is tested. Which is not something a spirit of the olympic in the first place. So on that note people have to understand that it can be pretty boring if you ask me. We have to see the game for what it is in that context.
Posted by overcast on 11-18-2018
Olympics is not only about games. In ancient Greece, competitors win the game by using their strength and intelligence. It's the battle of the strongest and the smartest. Even in today's Olympics, the participates, in order to win the game, they must use their own intelligence, ability, strength and their strong determination. Contrary to online games, the players use only different strategies to make their character stronger, faster, powerful and intelligent in order to win the game. The human players do not exert their own strength to win the game. Online games are great and getting better and better, but for me, it should not be included in the Olympic Games.
Posted by vhinz on 11-18-2018
I agree with you. They should just have their own event where they can exhibit their skills. Actually, they already have multiple events for it, no need to go and be the source of commotion in Olympics.
Posted by theresajane on 11-19-2018
I don't consider online gaming as a sports that involves physical exertion. Olympic Games supposed to show physical stamina, strength, strategy, talent in a particular sport. Even if we don't actually play some of the sport, but we are still entertained watching how every athlete execute their game.
Posted by KIRZZ on 11-18-2018
So, if we start including online games in the Olympics, does that mean that we should also start including board games? Should chess, mahjong, or poker be included as an Olympic sport? In my honest opinion, no, none of these things should be included. It isn’t that I’m opposed to video games, because I’ve been playing them since I was six years old and consider myself a gamer to this day, but I feel that they just don’t have a place in the Olympics. Let the Olympics be an exhibition of physical prowess and skill, and leave the video games in the e-sports scene where they belong.
Posted by Denis_P on 11-19-2018
This is a good discussion for gamers but I don’t think it is high for that topic. The general public is just beginning to feel the online games with the emergence of tv programs that tackle the live coverage of competitions in online games. Maybe let’s give it more time of about 5 to 10 years before online gaming can be included in the Olympic games. But I think it will need a push because of politics in the Olympics.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-19-2018
I believe some online games really became sports like. Some of them have competitions, there is a winner and a loser which sports games have. It is also a mind game like chess where you need strategy and teamwork like the game DOTA and the like. I think it is not possible that one day these online games will be part of the Olympics especially nowadays that technology is really growing fast that it became part of our daily lives.
Posted by gutzman on 11-20-2018
For me games should not be included in olympics because online games is not a physical sport, its more on a mental sport but I'm not degrading playing games vecause I also play online games. I just feel that it is not the same with the olympic sports, very different. Its just my opinion.
Posted by agbuyarashel on 11-20-2018
Yes, that's what I think too. Olympians have been literally preparing and training themselves, since they're kids to reach a level like that. Parents also have to dedicate their lives to help them through that journey. Gamers have more strategy, adrenaline reaction, but is not like they've been sacrificing their regular life to get to pro level. So, it's more than fair that every discipline has it own type of competition.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-13-2018
I disagree as if there isn't already E-SPORT tournaments that are being launched and played by many players. The Olympic sports are different and should remain the same.
Posted by Anonymous on 11-20-2018
E-sports shouldn’t be in the Olympic. It’s stable and honestly, I think finally they don’t fit in the Olympics. I don’t say that to diminish anyone who finds a career in E-sports, but I think they belong separately l. It’d be like putting chess in the Olympics. It just doesn’t really fit. Olympics is about PHYSICAL prowess, not about sitting in front of a screen. It’s a HUGE difference, pushing your body & mind limits vs just mind. Not one single game player would be able to even remotely qualify to any Olympic category. The games have their own world championships, and that’s where they belong.
Posted by Anonymous on 11-20-2018
It is not a sport It completely undermines the whole idea of the Olympics. It’s motto is Faster, Higher, Stronger. What has that got to do with a game? It has always been sport and should remain so. It doesn't really take skill to play a video game, you just have to sit there and play it. They may be challenging, but to call it a sport... Yes video games do take a while to master, but the Olympics should be reserved for sports only. You will not see an obese, unhealthy person in the Olympics because they train their whole bodies to do things in real life, not just moving your thumbs. To see an expert video game player in the Olympics and call them athletes is just absurd. If they want to make separate video game competitions, that's fine, but don't bring it into the Olympics where athletes belong.
Posted by kelvz1984 on 11-20-2018
Online games should be included in the olympics games: I disagree. Online games, if too much is not good, sometimes, it leads to one person addicted. Nowadays, the populations of those who are attached in online games increases. Olympic is those whose body are athletics. They should be focus on their hobbies/skills that may useful for the olympic.
Posted by mhingnhormz on 11-21-2018
Online games are addictive and do nothing to help the physical body. There is no benefit to winning an online game. Just a satisfaction that is short lived.

Whereas, competing in a physical game against your peers is a proper challenge. It is there in the moment and available for all to watch and enjoy at the time. I wouldn't consider online gaming as a sport. Sport is a physical challenge. A challenge for the body. It's a challenge for the mind too, but online gaming just uses the fingers and a few brain cells. I don't see how online gaming can ever be included.
Posted by JMS on 11-21-2018
I would disagree on this as I cannot imagine e-sports being part of the Olympics. This should not be included and should stay separated from Olympics. It's not fun to watch when they are just sitting and just pressing buttons. For me Olympics packs action and physically related activities.
Posted by Marako0406 on 11-21-2018
NO I like Dota 2, but wouldn’t want to see it at the Olympics. One of the problems with esports is that they tend to require a lot of knowledge of the game to make them enjoyable to watch. Think about a game like football - the rules aren’t complicated so you can introduce someone who’s never seen it before and they can get into the game straight away. Can’t do that with Dota 2 or LoL or Overwatch or Starcraft or any of the other popular esports titles. They’re just much more conceptually complicated.
Posted by amosgwapo on 12-05-2018
I have already read different articles and news report about this topic that the eSports world will be finally included to Olympics and will officially become a legit sports like the usual ones. As part of eSports community, I am very delighted and amaze with the decision. Anyway, eSports today is really rising non-stop because of the demand all over the globe.
Posted by mitan143 on 12-13-2018
Sports are good in any way, but we are talking about 2 different areas. On one side we have the physical and mental training, while in the other we have the strategy and adrenaline. So far, I think is good to keep the areas separated, each of them require effort, strength and dedication, but nothing compares Olympics with worldwide gaming competitions.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-13-2018
This sounds like a good idea in theory but how do you enforce it practically. Don't you think that because the games are online, there is a good chance of cheating. What are Olympic games about? I think that they are about competition and the community spirit. I think that online games would take this aspect of the games away because people may no be able to watch them like they do other games like track and field. So no they should not be included.
Posted by jaymish on 12-17-2018