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Paris to consider video games for 2024 Olympics

13 August 2017

Let's look at it. Let's meet them.

It's not about Olympics, " said Estanguet.

It was Los Angeles that initially floated the idea for including eSports in the Olympics The current issue with the event is that it has witnessed a decline in viewers between the ages 18 and 49.

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Estanguet also had some thoughts for esports skeptics out there: "We have to look at it because we can't say, 'It's not us". Estanguet, however, has said that he hopes to get all sides to interact with each other and "try if we can find some bridges" between the two sides.

The vote clears the way for Paris to host the 2024 Games.

The Paris Olympics 2024 program will be finalized after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, so the committee will have years to consider the question and take note of the reception to these showcase competitions. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach addressed the matter saying "We are not yet 100 percent clear whether eSports is really a sport with regard to physical activity and what it needs to be considered a sport". The practice came under intense criticism a year ago, and efforts to crack down on virtual betting exchanges was enforced by video game developers. By 2022, it will become an official sport at the event, although it is unknown which games would be contested. But Estanguet isn't making any promises. "I don't want to say 'no" from the beginning.

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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. "The youth, yes they are interested in esports and this kind of thing". "I think it's interesting ... to better understand what the process is why it is such a success".

Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O'Neil said at the time that it's "a good opportunity to reach younger fans in a different way and hopefully incorporate them into our fanbase".

Esport tournaments feature teams of players competing in various games, including League of Legends, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros., and more.

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Paris to consider video games for 2024 Olympics