Video Games in Olympics - Now that's an awesome Idea!


Japan’s ruling party wants to legalize professional gaming tournaments, joining a groundswell that started last summer amid speculation that video games will become an Olympic medal sport by 2024.

Arcane laws meant to stop illegal gambling have prevented paid video game tournaments in Japan, stunting the domestic market even as e-sports has become a multibillion-dollar global industry. Over the past few months, negotiations between four e-sports groups and Japan’s consumer protection agency have yielded a workaround to exempt professional gamers from the rules.

Source: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-18/shinzo-abe-s-party-wants-japan-ready-for-video-games-in-olympics