Could videogames be in the 2024 Olympics?

Paris Considers eSports for 2024 Olympic Games
Esports at the olympics in 2024 ?
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13 August, 2017

"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.

"There is some time to look at it, to interact, to engage", said Estanguet.

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.

"We have to look at it because we can't say, 'It's not us. Let's try if we can find some bridges".

Should eSports become an Olympic event, youngsters around the world will have an ample return to their parents mandating they free themselves from their digital gaming devices.

The process of deciding which medal events will feature at the 2024 Games will begin after the 2020 Games in Tokyo - an event that gave video games a spotlight in its own way during the Rio 2016 Games' closing ceremony, where Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared on stage to mark the passing of the Olympic flag dressed in Mario cosplay.

The contract gives the city a greater share of any financial surplus from the Games and includes an International Olympic Committee contribution of $2 billion but also leaves Los Angeles with any cost overruns associated with the $5.3 billion sporting event.

If you might be thinking that this consideration will meet the same swift death past niche competitions have met at Mount Olympics - competitive poker for instance - it's worth noting that the distinction here is the medal event, not the inclusion in Olympic games generally. But Estanguet isn't making any promises.

Estanguet added: "I don't want to say "no" from the beginning". 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. The committee believes this may be remedied via the popularity of competitive video game tournaments. 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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