Steve Huot, Blizzard's Marketing Director gave this week an interview to Latim America. According to him, Blizzard is trying to make Starcraft 2 an olympic sport. In the end, he added that there are great possibilities for Starcraft to be on the 2016 Olympics.
holy crap, I've got to start training!
[zealot tears apart a ling]
[stalker fending off mutalisks]
[dark templar raid on minerals]
...and then I was seven-hundred times better!
After some careful consideration about the idea, I reckon it's not going to happen. Then again, 2016 is in a little more than 5 years - society will have changed by then, and maybe video game bashing will have lost its fashion (and virtual reality becomes the new scapegoat). On the other hand, it may be at its peak, in which case there's no way we'll see it happen.
There was the same talk about starcraft broodwars, but unfortunatly that didn't happen. I doubt it'll happen for for starcraft 2. Though at some point I would love to see a game in the Olympics – I doubt it would be starcraft 2, but any game would be good to have tbh.
One thing is for sure, there is more people interested in starcraft than fx curling -.-
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Yeah, if they include StarCraft 2....then it begs the question...upon what basis does a game qualify to be an Olympic (e-)sport? Obviously you'll have ever developer trying to jump on the bandwagon, and there will be a PR nightmare ahead for years to come. You don't see companies trying to create new "Olympic sports", so it's not really a commercial thing from that perspective (just from the sponsorships and equipment, gear, etc).
This wouldn't be at all congruous. Starcraft 2 will only be around for so long before it gets brushed aside by a sequel, just like Starcraft 1. Besides that, I'd like to keep capitalism as far removed from the Olympics as can be helped.