It appears that the United States’ recent move to allow League of Legends players to be considered as pro athletes has spurred the International Olympic Committee to also include League of Legends as an official Olympic sport.Riot Games, the developers behind League of Legends, has been working extremely hard to get the game taken more seriously. After revealing they have been talking with the United States government, Riot Games eSports manager Nick Allen also revealed they have been talking with the International Olympic Committee to help get League of Legends in as an Olympic sport.
“It’s just good news after more good news for League of Legends,” said Allen in the GameSpot interview, “With the United States taking League of Legends more seriously, we finally managed to convince the International Olympic Committee to make League of Legends an official Olympic sport. My reasoning was that if rhythmic gymnastics is an Olympic sport, then League of Legends can surely be one too.”
“I mean, League of Legends requires skills that can apply to many different Olympic sports,” continued Allen, “In fact, that was the crux of my argument to include League of Legends. You might not believe this, but keeping yourself physically strong is very important in pro League of Legends play. Furthermore, teamwork is also tantamount to success which can be seen in Olympic sports like canoeing and synchronized swimming. I could go on and on, but League of Legends requires just as much dedication as those other Olympic sports.”
We spoke with the Jacques Rogge, current president of the International Olympics Committee, as to why they allowed this eSport to make it into the Olympics.
“We needed a way to make the Olympics more accessible for young people,” said Rogge via his translator, “The sad part is, youth these days do not have the interest or capability to take up other Olympic sports. By introducing the League of Legends as a sport, we hope to rejuvenate the Olympics and maybe get some more youth interested in other Olympic sports like weightlifting or handball.”
Many players are excited for League of Legends‘ debut in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. We spoke with a few professional players on their thoughts.
“I hope I get to go and kick some ass,” said BalIs of team Cloud 9 HyperX, “I think all those other athletes will be a bit jealous of me and my LoL skills. Honestly, some of these other sports are a little bit weak. Table tennis, really? Thank God people are taking us LoL players more seriously. If I do go, they better get my name right.”
“Rio de Janeiro does not sound very fun,” lamented NeeGodbro of team Ninjas in Pyjamas, “I hope my fans still come out there to support me if I do get in. And if I do, it will probably be the first time I ever see the Olympics although I’ll most likely be too busy training to watch. I have to go for the gold, you know? There better be air conditioning over there.”
The International Olympic Committee is also considering introducing StarCraft II and Counter-Strike to the Summer Olympics in 2020. Calls for Super Smash Bros. Melee have summarily been dismissed.