eSports at the Olympics?
"Tougher than ice dancing"
"Faster than synchronised swimming"
"More relevant than curling"
Sign the petition!
We the signees of this petition believe in the Olympics. We believe in their virtuous philosophy, their inclusive spirit, and their noble goals. We are gamers and we too want to be Olympians.
"Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles."
If this is the philosophy of the Olympic Games, then there is no sport which more embodies the Olympic mind than eSports. By their design, video games provide joy and education; they entertain and they teach. Games create ethical boundaries and challenge our views; they force us to govern and to abide. No other sport can claim such a combination of body, will and mind.
"Mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play."
Video games not only promote friendship, they provide friendship for those that can't find them in their society. We build communities around our shared experiences not walls around our differences. We play fair and even when we stray, games are updated to maintain and even playing ground.
"The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity."
Gaming knows no colour or creed, it does not discriminate on gender or age, it is open to all who want to play. More than that, eSports is accessible to many of those who are excluded from traditional sport by physical disability.
Let us play!
A founder of the Olympic committee once proclaimed, "The important thing is not to win, but to take part". Hear our voice, we want to take part.