Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Paris Olympic Committee Will Consider Esports for the 2024 Games

Paris Olympic Committee Will Consider Esports for the 2024 Games

"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.

Estanguet said the successes of the sport are something worth looking into for future games, with the potential to reach the 148 million esports fans from around the world.

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Estanguet also had some thoughts for esports sceptics out there: "We have to look at it because we can't say, 'It's not us. Let's try if we can find some bridges or not". I think it is interesting to have a dialogue with the worldwide olympic Committee, with the community, eSports, and to better understand the process and the reasons for its success , "said Tony Estanguet". That's because Paris, host of the 2024 Olympics, is considering adding esports as an event.

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Final decisions on additions to the Paris games won't be made until 2020 leaving plenty of time for argument.

Growing up, playing video games was all about bragging rights. The practice came under intense criticism previous year, and efforts to crack down on virtual betting exchanges was enforced by video game developers. But Estanguet isn't making any promises. "I think it's interesting to interact with the International Olympic Committee, with them, the esports family, to better understand what the process is and why it is such a success", Estanguet told the AP. There will be no dramatic vote, as the French capital is the only remaining bidder for the Olympics after Budapest, Hamburg, and Rome all withdrew their candidacies. 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.

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While eSports, or competitive video gaming, has now been a thing for some time, it's rather swift rise in stature is still sprinting past milestones. Some of the most popular eSports games are Dota 2, League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, Overwatch and StarCraft II.

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