Paris Olympic Committee Will Consider Esports For The 2024 Games

Paris Olympic Committee Will Consider Esports For The 2024 Games

Alongside ancient athletics like martial arts, the Paris Olympic bid committee will consider adding eSports to the 2024 program.

"We have to look at [eSports] because we can't say, 'It's not us".

A 2015 study forcasted that eSports would reach an audience of 145 million viewers by 2017, so it comes as no surprise that the Olympic committee is looking at including it in their event.

No longer is eSports just an online community of adolescents playing video games against one another, but a multibillion-dollar industry that is forcing traditional sports leagues to take notice.


Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee, plans to speak with representatives of the esports community and the International Olympic Committee to bring the growing sport to the 2024 lineup, according to the Associated Press. "Yes, the youth are interested in eSport and this kind of thing". Let's look at it. Let's meet them.

The interview also claims that Estanguet is of the belief that "a contest of digital prowess should be considered a legitimate sport", but also understands that the road to legitimacy, both in terms of broader public perception and in an official capacity at the Olympics, will not be a simple yes or no scenario. "Let's see if we can find some bridges", Estanguet added. The practice came under intense criticism previous year, and efforts to crack down on virtual betting exchanges was enforced by video game developers. But will the prim-and-proper Olympics adopt eSports with the same tolerance? "The IOC will have the last say, if they want esports on the program".

The capital will be confirmed as 2024 hosts at an International Olympic Committee gathering in Lima, Peru, on September 13, after rival Los Angeles agreed a deal to host the 2028 Games.

Introducing eSports would nearly certainly help make the Olympics more relevant to younger generations-a tick in Estanguet's pro column.

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