It appears a new esports initiative has garnered a lot more attention than people expected, and some big names from the Overwatch League are getting involved. A couple of weeks ago we reported that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) were going to be holding a summit to discuss the possible inclusion of esports into the Olympics in some fashion. Apparently, many of you reading it were passionate about it on both sides of the coin. As it turns out, you’re not the only ones, as several esports figureheads took an interest and have decided to attend.
According to IGN, several players from the Overwatch League will be in attendance, along with pro-StarCraft II player Dario “TLO” Wünsch, Epic Games’ Mark Rein, Blizzard Entertainment’s Mike Morhaime.
Jacob “Jake” Lyon of the Houston Outlaws and Se-yeon “Geguri” Kim of the Shanghai Dragons are the two OWL players in attendance. The conference, which will wrap up tomorrow, is not about creating a specific plan for integrating esports into the Olympics immediately, according to Overwatch Wire. Instead, the two-day summit will focus on creating a relationship between esports professionals and the IOC.
Regardless about how you feel about the summit, at the very least it’s drawing in the kind of names you’d want there to address criticisms and question how it won’t end up being corrupted.