ESports may become a medal sport at the 2024 Olympics

Paris Considers eSports for 2024 Olympic Games

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. "It's not about Olympics, '" Tony Estanguet, co-president of the bid board, told the AP. "Let's try if we can find some bridges", said Estanguet. Los Angeles recently struck a deal with the International Olympic Committee to take the 2028 Olympics in exchange for allowing Paris to host four years earlier. If you were tracking what would be the next natural progression on the eSports legitimacy map, you wouldn't be surprised that the latest milestone reached is the consideration for making eSports a medal event in the Paris Olympic games scheduled for 2024. A key cog in the decision of whether or not to add esports will be International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach.

He believes that contest of digital prowess should be considered an Olympic sport if the event wants to maintain its popularity and stay relevant for current and future generations of fans.

The Paris Olympics 2024 program will be finalized 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.

ESports continues to grow, however, and inclusion in the 2024 Olympics would deliver a great deal of authentication to it being an actual sport.

Los Angeles officials have said the city would not need to build any new permanent venues to host the Games since LA already has multiple stadiums, arenas and college campuses. The Asia Games are held every four-years (starting in 1951) and see athletes from around the continent compete in various events.

eSports scored a major slam dunk earlier this year when the National Basketball League (NBA) announced it was creating the NBA 2K eLeague, with 17 franchises participating in an 82-game virtual season based on the popular NBA 2K video game. In an article done by CNN using data from analytics service Newzoo, the global audience for the sport had grown to 292 million, with global revenue estimated to be $463 million.

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