Apparently LoL has been recognized as an Olympic Sport? I found a couple of sources but I'm still sketchy about it being legit.
“It’s just good news after more good news for League of Legends,” said Allen in the GameSpot interview, “With the United States taking League of Legends more seriously, we finally managed to convince the International Olympic Committee to make League of Legends an official Olympic sport. My reasoning was that if rhythmic gymnastics is an Olympic sport, then League of Legends can surely be one too.”
" “I mean, League of Legends requires skills that can apply to many different Olympic sports,” continued Allen, “In fact, that was the crux of my argument to include League of Legends. You might not believe this, but keeping yourself physically strong is very important in pro League of Legends play. Furthermore, teamwork is also tantamount to success which can be seen in Olympic sports like canoeing and synchronized swimming. I could go on and on, but League of Legends requires just as much dedication as those other Olympic sports."
We spoke with the Jacques Rogge, current president of the International Olympics Committee, as to why they allowed this eSport to make it into the Olympics.
“We needed a way to make the Olympics more accessible for young people,” said Rogge via his translator, “The sad part is, youth these days do not have the interest or capability to take up other Olympic sports. By introducing the League of Legends as a sport, we hope to rejuvenate the Olympics and maybe get some more youth interested in other Olympic sports like weightlifting or handball.” "
If this is true I think that paintball's chances of becoming an Olympic Sport have doubled IMO. I mean if a video game can be recognized a sport for the reasons stated above, along with a sport like wrestling being removed, Paintball seem's like it can easily enter the Olympic's in under a decade. I didn't think that paintball could be recognized as an Olympic sport because of the fact that they are shooting and some countries and people will take it in a different light than the norm but this is just... an unusual turn of event's that changed my mind about it! A lot of people have stated that Paintball is too hard to follow to become a national sport but LoL is just as hard to understand to someone who hasn't played it. Just wanted to share it with the rest of the community.
Again I don't know FOR SURE if this is true but if it is...