IOC eases off support for electronic gaming at Olympics
Following Saturday meeting, inclusion as medal event deemed premature
The International Olympic Committee has slowed its support for recognizing electronic gaming as a sport.
Enthusiasm has seemed to dim since the IOC hosted a July conference with esports organizers and players.
Sports bodies are now advised to "continue to engage with this [gaming] community, whilst at the same time acknowledging that uncertainties remain."
The IOC rules out cooperation with violent games, and suggests virtual and augmented reality could become more popular with young people.
"Commercially driven" gaming was also compared unfavourably with "values-based" sports.
The IOC says governing bodies will continue meeting gaming industry officials "to explore jointly collaborative projects."