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Former Blizzard exec thinks video games should be in Olympics

Former Blizzard executive thinks gaming should be included in the Olympics.

Published Wed, Dec 24 2014 8:27 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:11 PM CST

Should e-sports be in the Olympics? Most people would think that idea sounds absolutely ridiculous, but it looks like a notable gaming executive wants to see pro athletes strut their stuff.

Former Blizzard exec thinks video games should be in Olympics | TweakTown.com

"Videogames are well positioned to be a spectator sport," said Rob Pardo, former Blizzard chief creative officer, during an interview 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 lighting quick and their having to make very quick decisions on-the-fly."

Trying to have new sports added into the Olympic games is a tedious and difficult process, with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) making it hard for new games to be accepted. There is potential the IOC recognizes e-sports gaming as an Olympic sport, but that doesn't mean it will be welcomed into the games.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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