He picks up his son from school to play Fortnite: “I raised him for this”

The best father in the world or an exploiter? It is the question that arises spontaneously reading the story of the American David Herzog and his 16-year-old son Jordan.

David wrote an intensive training program for his son and planned the whole days for him, eliminating anything that could distract him from the screen: no social relationships, no vacations, the father opposed the possibility of Jordan playing tennis with the biological mother. “I will not allow such a thing,” he said, “perhaps after the Fortnite World Cup, but for the moment it is not mentioned. It could fall, get hurt or injure your wrist.”

Everyday Jordan spend from eight to fourteen hours of training at Fortnite, but not before having finished his homework on an online platform that allows the adolescent to self-manage his education from the same location where he spends almost all of his time.

At just 12 years old, Jordan won his first tournament in Boston, taking home a $ 2,000 prize. From that moment his father decide to make him a champion in that game. 

And he replies to those who blame him for having taken his son from a normal life: “If I had done such a thing to support other interests, such as the piano, tennis or acting, everyone would have praised my choice, but since it was video games, my decision is seen as an abuse of a boy “.

When the school had asking for explanations, he sent the photo of the check that Jordan would receive after qualifying for the Fortnite World Cup tournament, a competition with a total prize money of 30 million dollars.

Intel and IOC in talks over esports Olympics inclusion

As reported by multiple sources, Intel is currently in talks with the IOC over esports inclusion in the Olympics. The International Olympics Committee has shown interest in including esports as a medal event in the event. Subsequently, Intel is trying to work with them on a partnership, though nothing is confirmed yet. Additionally, IOC president Thomas Bach has stated that they will not allow any video games that include violence at the Olympics. While it is probably far away, this is an important step towards finally admitting esports’ equality to traditional sports.

However, the Olympics won’t be the first traditional sports tournament to host an esports event. This year’s Asian Games will have esports appear as a demonstration. Furthermore, esports will make a full appearance at a multi-sport tournament in China three years from now.

Intel and the IOC have already partnered for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. There, Intel held an Intel Extreme Masters to showcase esports as a possible future sports event. Even more, Intel stated that they currently don’t have an opinion on esports’ inclusion in the games. However, they are always open for a partnership and are actively helping the IOC understand esports’ potential.

The never-ending debate: do esports have a place in the Olympics?

While not certain, the inclusion of esports in the Olympics would likely bring a lot of public backlash. As you might know, many people still consider video games a waste of time. The lack of physicality involved with esports also adds to their arguments. While it is true esports are less physical than most traditional sports, there are some exceptions. The public will simply have to change their perception.

If we compare esports to traditional sports, there actually are quite a few similarities. Teams in both train in complex professional ecosystems. They have their own training facilities, coaches, analysts, and even nutritionists. Athletes in both train multiple hours a day and have to take care of their physical and mental health to perform at the highest level.

Looking at finance, esports isn’t close to the bigger traditional sports when it comes to revenue. However, it’s a rapidly growing industry, and the payments, tournament awards, and sponsorships grow every day. Apart from that, the involvement of prominent traditional sports athletes like Michael Jordan, Rick Fox, and Christian Fuchs only shows that even traditional athletes support the esports industry and see its potential.

Lastly, some traditional sports teams even have their own sports teams. Good examples of that are the Golden State Warriors, who own the Golden Guardians League of Legends team, and the Houston Rockets, who are part owners of Clutch Gaming. While it was less obvious a few years back, esports is starting to make its case as a legit sport, and I personally believe it is only a matter of time before it gets included in the Olympics.

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Intel and IOC in talks over esports Olympics inclusion