The International Olympics Committee (IOC) and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) are to host a forum to discuss the future of esports at the Olympics, reports confirm.
IOC and GAISF are hosting the forum in Switzerland to “explore synergies, build joint understanding and set a platform for future engagement between the esports and gaming industries and the Olympic Movement.”
GamesIndustry.biz reports that there will be a number of different panels, including The World of Esports, Gender Equality in All Sports, and What defines the Olympic Movement? Speakers and interviews will feature people from eports and the Olympic Movement.
“Along with the IOC, the GAISF looks forward to welcoming the esports and gaming community to Lausanne,” said GAISF president Patrick Baumann. “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.”
The forum is being held on July 21 at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.