Esports at the olympics in 2024 ?

Paris Considers eSports for 2024 Olympic Games

Paris Considers eSports for 2024 Olympic Games

Paris will be confirmed as the host of the 2024 Olympics at the next meeting of the International Olympic Committee, which is the result of a deal with Los Angeles, which agreed to take the 2028 games instead. "It's not about Olympics, '" Tony Estanguet, co-president of the bid board, told the AP.

What began in the 1970s (the earliest known video game competition took place in 1972 at Stanford University) grew through the '90s, thanks to increasing Internet connectivity.

The Paris organizers will reportedly meet with eSports representatives and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about computerized matches joining the 2024 lineup.

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"The youth, yes they are interested in eSport and this kind of thing", Estanguet told the Associated Press.

The youth's massive interest in eSports could be a huge draw for the Olympics, which is something that Estanguet sees as a good opportunity to invest in. "Let's try if we can find some bridges", said Estanguet.

While the 39-year-old French Olympic medalist certainly sees a future for eSports and video games in the Olympics, the IOC on the other hand aren't as convinced.

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It's still a bit of a long shot at this point as the general response is more of a "we're not going to say "no" yet", but there is hope to see eSports as part of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

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However, one can't also consider the participants of these contests as athletes either since there's quite a lack of physical activity in eSports compared to traditional sports.

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While the Paris bid committee seems to have an open mind when it comes to eSports, the IOC's president, Thomas Bach, seems a little more cynical.

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