Paris 2024 Olympics Considering eSports as Official Event

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

Los Angeles city council rubber-stamped the host city contract today, paving the way for bringing the 2028 Summer Olympics to southern California and ceding the 2024 Games to Paris. It is transcending so far, in fact, that is is actually being considered for Paris's Olympic Summer Games.

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 committee believes this may be remedied via the popularity of competitive video game tournaments. "Yes, the youth are interested in eSport and this kind of thing". The athlete has stated its intention to further develop this subject with the followers of eSports, before making a formal proposal to the worldwide olympic Committee.

"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.

This won't be the first time that competitive video games have contended for a slot in the Olympics. "Let's try if we can find some bridges". This follows the announcement that eSports will be a medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games in China, which are recognized by the International Olympic Committee and marketed as the world's second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics.

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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. Any changes to the events in the 2024 Olympics will start to be looked at in 2019, with final decisions being made following the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. "The IOC will have the last say, if they want esports on the programme".

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.

The Madison Square Garden Company also recently acquired a controlling stake in Counter Logic Gaming, an eSports team that competes in League of Legends, Halo, Call of Duty, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

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