The mere idea of a video game like Call of Duty becoming part of the Olympics would raise eyebrows around the world. But judging from the massive growth of the game since its initial release in 2003, it looks like FPS gamers will be able to have the opportunity to grab some Olympics medals.
According to an article from Fortune, the debate to include eSports as part of Olympics is actually reasonable. This year, skateboarding and surfing have been submitted for voting to be included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to their growth as sports around the world.
Jay Puryear, director of brand development for the Treyarch studio, has been working on Call of Duty games for six years. His take seems to be convincing enough to make eSports as part of the Olympics.
Puryear said, “eSports could take the leap to the international stage—like how the X Games started. People watch it and start following it, When I talk about [Call of Duty] in the Olympics, as the sport continues to grow, consuming content through streaming is part of this generation’s culture and part of that is watching players at the top of their game.”
As of now, there have been no official talks going on in the International Olympics Committee about Call of Duty. Some anti-COD fans may wonder why other titles like Battlefield, which is currently outgrowing COD this year, weren’t considered. But statistics suggest that since the inception of the Call of Duty franchise, Activision has sold more than 250 million copies.
The world of gaming has grown to such an extent that its means of entertainment has turned into a career for gamers. Top COD gamers like Seth “Scump” Abner and James “Clayster” Eubanks are famous for their talent. They have more than one million followers on social media platforms like YouTube and Twitter.
It’s definitely the right time for gamers and sponsor companies to embrace the trend and suggest to the Olympic committee to consider eSports like Call of Duty. If not in 2020, it is certain that this generation will see gaming as part of the Olympics.
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