The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will meet with esports companies and athletes for a one-day esports summit that will be held in Lausanne at the end of July.
IOC president Thomas Bach told Sport 1 that the purpose of the meeting is to enter into a dialogue with the gaming industry as well as esports athletes, and eventually, approach the stakeholders of the Olympic movement. It is not yet clear, though, who will be selected to join the meeting.
Bach made no changes about his stance that the Olympics should not be a place to promote games that are violent, but did say that, "Esports is clearly an exciting and growing sector in which millions of young people worldwide regularly engage in. The Olympic movement cannot ignore such a phenomenon by any means."
The 2018 Asian Games, which is working in partnership with the IOC, is already making its way into esports. The 2018 Asian Games selected League of Legends as one of the esports titles featured at the event.
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