The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has teamed up with The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) to organise an “Esports Forum” in Lausanne, Switzerland next month.
The Esports Forum, scheduled to take place on July 21 at the Olympic Museum, is aimed at exploring synergies, building a joint understanding as well as setting up a platform for future engagement between the esports and gaming industries and the Olympic Movement, IOC has stated in its official release.
Invited participants will include representatives from across the esports and gaming ecosystem including players, publishers, teams, media, sponsors and event organisers; and from across the Olympic Movement: National Olympic Committees, International Sports Federations, athletes and the IOC.
The Forum follows the Olympic Summit held in October 2017, which asked the IOC, together with the GAISF, to explore this area in a dialogue with the gaming industry and players and to come back to the Olympic Movement stakeholders in due course.
GAISF President Patrick Baumann said, “Along with the IOC, the GAISF looks forward to welcoming the esports and gaming community to Lausanne. We understand that sport never stands still and the phenomenal growth of esports and gaming is part of its continuing evolution. The Esports Forum provides an important and extremely valuable opportunity for us to gain a deeper understanding of esports, their impact and likely future development, so that we can jointly consider the ways in which we may collaborate to the mutual benefit of all of sport in the years ahead.”
IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell said, “We are pleased to be hosting our first “Esports Forum”, which is a great opportunity for both the Olympic Movement and representatives from the world of esports and gaming to begin a discussion, listen and learn from each other, and understand the potential opportunities for collaboration. The IOC and GAISF are closely following the rapid development of esports globally, and we look forward to a really engaging discussion.”
The idea of organising an esports forum was first revealed by IOC President Thomas Bach last month who said that a first-of-its-kind forum will be organised to set up dialogues among the key stakeholders of the global esports and gaming community.