Paris bid committee: eSports could be medal event at 2024 Olympics

The Paris bid committee has suggested that eSports could be added to the Olympic programme as an official medal sport in 2024.

Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris bid committee, has confirmed that he will speak with the International Olympic Committee and eSports representatives about a full-fledged inclusion of competitive video gaming when the Olympics kicks off in France in seven years’ time.

“We have to look at it because we can’t say, ‘It’s not us. It’s not about Olympics,’” Estanguet said in an interview with the Associated Press. “The youth, yes they are interested in eSports and this kind of thing. Let’s look at it. Let’s meet them. Let’s try if we can find some bridges.”

“I don’t want to say ‘no’ from the beginning. I think it’s interesting to interact with the IOC, with them, the eSports family, to better understand what the process is and why it is such a success.”

Paris is set to be confirmed as the host city of the 2024 Olympics when the IOC convenes next month in Peru, the result of a deal with their lone competitor Los Angeles, which in turn had agreed to take the 2028 Games.

In April, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) announced that eSports will be a medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games in China, saying that the decision reflects “the rapid development and popularity of this new form of sports participation among the youth.”

However, the Council has also not revealed details of which games will be contested, though they did confirmed several titles for this year’s Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Turkmenistan: FIFA 2017, MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) and RTA (Real Time Attack) gaming types.

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