Should video games really be in the Olympics?
Former Blizzard Chief Creative Officer Rob Pardo thinks so. In a recent BBC interview , Pardo said that to be successful in eSports, it requires a "very competitive skillset:"
"There's a very good argument for eSports being in the Olympics. I think the way that you look at eSports is that it's a very competitive skillset and you look at these professional gamers and the reflexes are lightning quick and they're having to make very quick decisions on the fly. When you look at their 'actions per minute', they're clearing over 300."
Pardo admitted that it's difficult to think of pro gaming as a sport if we only consider physical requirements. Then again, he questions the physical exertion required in other legit Olympics events, although this goes against what ESPN president John Skipper said earlier this year:
"It’s not a sport—it’s a competition. Chess is a competition. Checkers is a competition. Mostly, I’m interested in doing real sports."
I don't really blame him. I have to say, I don't think the world Scrabble championships brought in many viewers. And while there's plenty of skill required to be a professional gamer, it's not a sport. It just isn't.