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IOC President Says No Esports at Olympics Until ‘Violence’ is Removed

Published: 1/Sep/2018 15:34 Updated: 1/Sep/2018 15:40

by Calum Patterson

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Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympics Committee, has restated his affirmation that esports will have no place at the Olympic Games if it features violence or any form of discrimination, as it would impeach ‘Olympic values’.

Bach has been somewhat attentive to requests to have esports feature at the Olympics, but remains cautious about their possible inclusion.

He has previously made clear that violent games – which many of the most popular esports titles (CS:GO, LoL, CoD, Overwatch, Battle Royale games etc.) could be considered to be – would have no place in an Olympic setting.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, published on September 1, Bach has doubled down on this once again, saying:

“We cannot have in the Olympic program a game which is promoting violence or discrimination.

So-called killer games. They, from our point of view, are contradictory to the Olympic values and cannot therefore be accepted.”

However, esports will feature at the Asian Games as a ‘demonstration’ event, with a view to becoming a full medal event at the Olympics in the future.

But, it seems Bach himself will still need some convincing that many of the popular esports games are suitable.

Bach was an Olympic level fencer, for which he won a Gold Medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. 

Despite the use of a sword in fencing, and other combat sports such as Judo and Boxing which have been integral events at the Olympics for decades, Bach explains that there is a difference between this and the violence in certain video games.

“Of course every combat sport has its origins in a real fight among people, But sport is the civilized expression about this. If you have egames where it’s about killing somebody, this cannot be brought into line with our Olympic values.”

Following the shooting at a Madden esports tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, hosts of the Asian Games pointed to the issue being US gun laws and not games themselves. 

After all, Madden is an NFL simulator – not a violent game in any sense. 

The next Olympic Games following 2020 will be Paris 2024, and France as a nation has been supportive of esports. Paris Saint Germain, the biggest sports club in Paris, has their own esports teams in League of Legends and Dota2.

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NiKo’s LAST DANCE? The stats behind FaZe’s IEM New York renaissance

Published: 20/Oct/2020 20:27

by Alan Bernal

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Before IEM New York 2020, FaZe Clan’s CSGO team had gone 338 days before winning an event at Blast Copenhagen in 2019. After taking the top spot in the EU IEM, Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač showed why the elite talent would be missed if this really was the last dance with FaZe.

There’s no sugar-coating the FaZe star’s woes in the last year, that was only made more apparent with the team’s placements at events.

Up until October 2020, FaZe failed to make any notable finals and posted an 11th place finish at CS Summit 6, 9th-12th at ESL One Cologne, as well as a 13th-14th placement at ESL Pro League Season 12.

This didn’t help public perception for Niko, who was starting to notice CSGO fans’ flak towards his own IGL capabilities and new teammates on the roster.

Throughout 2020, Niko actually hasn’t been having a bad year. His HLTV rating for the year is sitting at 1.11, a decline from the 1.19 and 1.18 ratings for 2019 and 2018, respectively. The Bosnian has never posted below 1.04 at an event this year.

IEM New York could serve as a turning point in FaZe’s fortune so far. Not only did the team take top billing, Niko soared above his squadmates with a 1.28 event rating with 22.3 kills per map with 55.1% headshot rate to boot.

With questions in the air about Niko’s future in FaZe, the 23-year-old star’s performance at IEM could be an indicator of better things to come as long as he’s on the team.