Video games and eSports may have a chance of being part of the 2024 Olympics.
Estanguet also had some thoughts for esports skeptics out there: "We have to look at it because we can't say, 'It's not us".
eSports are what competitive video gaming has come to be known as, with them covering a variety of games and genres. Let's look at it. Let's meet them.
Back in April The Olympic Council of Asia already announced that it would be adding 4 eSports events to the 2022 Asian Games, Dota 2, StarCraft II, Hearthstone and a yet to be revealed sports game (possibly Federation Internationale de Football Association or NBA).
Las Vegas recently constructed a 15,000-square-foot esports arena to host tournaments and this month's International Dota 2 Championship held in Seattle saw competitors vying for a piece of the event's $20 million prize money. Estanguet, however, has said that he hopes to get all sides to interact with each other and "try if we can find some bridges" between the two sides. 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.
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Estanguet, a three-time Olympic gold medal victor in canoe slalom, said the committee simply can't look the other way when it comes to eSports.
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.
"I don't want to say no outright". 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.
As for the fighting game community, it's probably best we be excited at the prospect, but not have any expectations for the time being. IOC president Thomas Bach has said that eSports are contrary to "Olympic rules and values of sport". The biggest games at popular esports events, however, include League of Legends, Call of Duty, Dota 2 and Federation Internationale de Football Association are among the most popular games in competition.