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Petition With Worldwide Support Pushes For eSports To Join Olympics

Posted on Wednesday, August 15 @ 17:49:00 PST by Jonathan_Leack

If you think you're good at video games you may want to pushing, because it might just earn you the same gold medal that made Lebron James jump around like a fairy.

A petition on TorchForGaming.org pushes for gaming to be adapted as a competitive sport in the Olympics. You might already be raising an eyebrow—or half of your unibrow—but the petition has already been signed by over 2,000 people from all over the world.

The competitive side of gaming has evolved tremendously over the past decade. 10 years ago Counter-Strike 1.6 was the boss in town with hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes at tournaments such as CPL. These days, hardcore gamers can make a living off of action RTS games such as League of Legends and the upcoming Dota 2. In South Korea, StarCraft II can be seen on cable television, and is arguably the most popular sport in the country.

It might sound nuts, but tournament-level gaming requires a lot of intelligence, communication, and dexterity. Oh, and that little thing we call a hell of a lot of practice. After seeing gold medals given out to players of Handball and Canoe Sprint, I'm starting to think that the odds of video games making it to the Olympics aren't so bad. It sure would be a lot more interesting to watch some high APM and micro than men in tights flinging themselves around an arena.
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