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ESports Being Considered For The Paris Olympic Games 2024

ESports Being Considered For The Paris Olympic Games 2024”

Boxing, equestrian, pentathlon, wrestling ... professional gaming?

In a move that foreshadows a science fiction-esque future where games converge with reality, the committee behind Paris' bid for the 2024 Olympics has confirmed it will speak with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about the inclusion of competitive gaming as a medal sport.

With last year's memorable opening ceremony featuring iconic game character Mario, it's clear that video game culture is slowly making its way into the Olympics.

The world of eSports is filled with different genres of games, and fighting games are amongst the newest and least popular at the moment. But will the prim-and-proper Olympics adopt eSports with the same tolerance?

"We have to look at [eSports] because we can't say, 'It's not us. Let's try if we can find some bridges", said Estanguet. "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". The committee's co-president, Tony Estanguet, says they're working with esport representatives "to better understand what the process is and why it is such a success". Whether or not you agree with esports being an Olympic sport, it is starting to become a more mainstream attraction. Because, let's face it, how many teenagers really enjoy watching people race canoes or bat a shuttlecock over a net?

The Paris Olympics 2024 program will be finalised 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. Let us know in our discussions and join us on Discord, on our Facebook page, or Twitter!



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