Paris thinking about introducing esports to the 2024 Olympics

Paris is pretty much a lock to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, ever since Los Angeles ceded to taking the 2028 games. And the organizers are already considering one way to boost the games’ ratings and attendance: esports.

In a recent interview, Paris Olympic bid committee co-president Tony Estanguet confirmed that he plans to discuss introducing esports with representatives from both the esports industry and the International Olympic Committee.

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

The IOC will begin looking at proposals to add events to the 2024 Olympics in 2019. The final decision on whether or not esports will be added to the games will happen after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, if the process even makes it that far.

Considering the ever-evolving nature of the esports industry, it’s hard to say which specific games would be added to the Olympic schedule. The most popular esports right now—League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Rocket League, to name a few—might not be around in another seven years. Even the four years between the decision to include esports and the Olympics themselves might mean a lack of relevancy for games that would be included.

It’s also too early to know what Estanguet means by bringing esports to the Olympics. Clearly, the teams will have to be international, but will they include players and teams across multiple games all competing for the same medals? Or will Dota 2 and Rocket League be considered two different Olympics events? And if League of Legends is selected as an Olympic event, are they just going to preemptively give Korea the gold medal, or will they keep up the facade and let everyone else compete?

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Yeah that's literally only for money, would not like to see gaming added to the olympics, it's only ever going to be an e-sport.


What is the world coming too fgs.


Oh for god's sake... e-sports and real sports should never be combined. If it does, it for money and nothing else.


What a silly, stupid thing to even consider. Putting gaming on the same level as an actual physical sport such as sprinting or swimming is stupid. Hopefully they come to their senses and realise what a silly thing to have even considered.


Kixa This would be a big step for Esports but personally I wouldn't consider pro players as athletes.

2nd. They took out wrestling, but are debating on adding this? Love games, clearly I wouldn't be on this site if I didn't but come on people

For those who think I'm joking - "Freestyle wrestling and weight classes both made their first appearance in 1904. The women's competition was introduced in 2004. In February 2013, the IOC voted to remove the sport from the 2020 Summer Olympics onwards."


This would be a big step for Esports but personally I wouldn't consider pro players as athletes.


This has to be a joke. Even just comparing eSports players to actual athletes is a joke in itself.


Would love to see this happen.


Not really sure how I feel about this - I see the olympics as havin physical sports so this doesnt really fit in.


Echo This would be a big big change! and it would be great! Some players in Esports are very talented and should be recognized the same way people who run races are

I get where you are coming from when it comes to talent, but training night and day and eating and living a certain lifestyle to prepare your body for events like swimming, cycling, track and field events is much more driven than sitting on your ass perfecting a video game. All those people who are professionals in esports are just players who happened to have enough time to waste on one game with one other person enough to learn each others play style. I think it would be somewhat demoralizing to some of the athletes in the other sports in the olympics that they are sharing the same light as a few teenagers who happen to be good at video games. Someone who trained their whole life to be successful and make a name for themselves in a sport vs a teen or adult who has played the game for 2 years since its launch, or maybe not even 2 years. I would be irate if i were a professional athlete in the olympics honestly. Although it would be cool to see one of my favorite games in the olympics, it just is not the place for esports, its not a physically demanding sport.