Paris Open To Esports Being An Olympic Sport In 2024 Summer Games

Paris Open To Esports Being An Olympic Sport In 2024 Summer Games

Gamers may go for Olympic gold in 2024, according to a new report by the Associated Press.

Fans of video games can rejoice: the question will be finally considered by the worldwide olympic Committee.

This has already led eSports to be embraced by the Asia Games, as it is highly popular in China and South Korea while growing in countries like Japan and Malaysia.

The fan base behind esports has continued to surge in recent years, already being confirmed for the 2022 Asian Games - a multi-sport competition considered second only to the Olympics in terms of size.

eSports in the Paris Olympics?

"We are the only city that has two successful Olympics - that's what I look to", Councilman Gil Cedillo said, referring to previous L.A. Games in 1984 and 1932.

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Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Olympic bid committee, said that Paris officials will hold talks with esports representatives and the IOC about the possibility of egaming joining the 2024 schedule of events.

"The youth, yes they are interested in eSports and this kind of thing".

"Look, there's 11 years before the Games, so it wouldn't hurt if they took a year or even six months instead of rushing", said Jed Parriott, an organizer of the NOlympics LA group. "Let's see if we can find some bridges", Estanguet added. A few weeks later, the International Olympic Committee made a deal with Los Angeles to host the 2028 games, leaving Paris as the only option to be confirmed as 2024 hosts next month. "The IOC will have the last say, if they want esports on the programme".

Estanguet directs attention to the fact that we have nearly seven years before the event, and that means seven years for the public, and more importantly the International Olympic Committee, to develop their views of competitive gaming. Because, let's face it, how many teenagers really enjoy watching people race canoes or bat a shuttlecock over a net?

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.

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