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As talks for e-sports in Olympics continue, Fallout head Gaffor hopes ASEAN team takes home first gold

By Ivan Saldajeno

TAGUIG--As the countdown to the next Olympics continues, so does the talks about adding e-sports to the list of the disciplines where medals will be on the line.

While the feasible target inclusion year is 2024 in Paris, an Olympic e-sports tournament could happen as early as 2020 in Tokyo.

Fallout Gaming managing director Adrian Gaffor is one of the staunch supporters of the said proposal.

"Personally, I do want it to become an Olympic sport," Gaffor said on Friday.

However, he also said that it wil take a lot of effort for it to happen.

"I feel that the Olympics has a lot of heritage to it. The passion is there, but the legitimacy of e-sports is not quite there," Gaffor continued.

But if in case e-sports will become a part of the quadrennial meet, he would want to see a team from Southeast Asia, which has the biggest e-sports following, walking away with the gold.

"It's because of the raw passion that everyone has here," he explained.

He cited the case of TNC's road to becoming the hottest DOTA 2 team in the region.

"They literally fought all the way up to one of the top [teams in] the world, competing in TI (The International). I feel it's gonna happen," continued Gaffor.

TNC received a direct invite to Galaxy Battles 2, which will take place from Jan. 15-21 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, and the club formally accepted the invitation by attending the media launch of the said event at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura on Friday.

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