Rick Fox, Geguri, and others will represent esports in talks with the IOC
- The International Olympic Committee are hosting an esports forum this month
- This is to educate IOC members not guarantee esports inclusion in the Olympics
- Pro players as well as members of Riot, Blizzard and Epic Games will be present
Now those whispers are getting stronger as some of the guests have been confirmed for the upcoming Esports Forum hosted by the International Olympic Committee.
One of the biggest names on that list, according to Esports Observer, is former NBA superstar and the owner of Echo Fox, Rick Fox who will moderate the event. He will moderate the event and has close ties to the Games thanks to his mother Dianne Gerace who competed in the 1964 Olympics.
Rick Fox (centre) will moderate the IOC’s Esports Forum; his mother competed in the Olympics
Fox is the perfect candidate for the event considering his decorated sports career the the fact that he has close ties to the Games thanks to his mother, Dianne Gerace who, competed in the 1964 Olympics.
The same report also states that Overwatch League pros Se-yeon ‘Geguri’ Kim and Jacob ‘Jake’ Lyon as well as former esports pro Amber Dalton will be attendance as they hold a discussion with three Olympic athletes.
There will also be many representatives from all major esports organisations with Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent, President of Blizzard Entertainment Mike Morhaime, ESL CEO Ralf Reichert, Twitch’s head of esports Justin Dellario and an unconfirmed guest from Fortnite developers Epic Games.
While we seem to be ever closer to esports being included as an Olympic Sport, IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell told the Oberserver there’s still much to be done: ‘The Forum is more about the engagement of the two communities.
‘For esports to be included in the Olympic program, first of all, we would have to deal with a single, recognised federation or body that represented the whole of the esports community, the same way we deal with FIFA for football, the IAAF for athletics, and so on.’
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