I awoke somewhat surprised to find an article on eSports on the biggest Dutch news-network. I was hoping for a constructive article, but it turned out to be just another article perhaps only used for future reference. It did put me on a hunt for some more information in the bureaucracy of eSports in general, and I found some disheartening news towards the current standing of eSports.
I was pleasantly surprised this morning, as I saw an article on eSports on the NOS (the Dutch equivalent to the British BBC). The main focus of this article: the Dutch eSports association is making a push to join NOC*NSF (Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation) to legitimize eSports as a real sport. Worldwide, eSports is growing as a whole, and so is the Dutch eSports scene. NOC*NSF membership would mean a big deal. It is the national representative body to the International Olympic Committee, and counts about 90 members, ranging from the national Aikido association to the KNSB, our Speedskating association. Not only would membership legitimize eSports, but it will also support athletes financially and make it easier to set up tournaments on a national scale. Still, there are some misconceptions and obstructions in the article left unclear, which I will aim to describe further in this article.