Video Games Are a Step Closer to Becoming an Olympic Sport


Video games--aka Esports--are apparently a step closer to becoming an Olympic sport. The Esports Observer reports that the International Olympic Committee is partnering with Intel to sponsor a Street Fighter V and Rocket League competition with $500,000 in prize money that will be staged in Tokyo immediately before the start of the 2020 Summer Olympics in that Japanese metropolis. Kotaku notes that while the IOC was initially cool to the notion of including video games as an official sport, it's since warmed up to the idea, with the co-president of Paris' bid committee openly flirting the idea of including it in the 2024 Games.