It’s no secret that the entire eSports industry is raking in big bucks, not only in terms of the prize pools but in terms of the advertising opportunities and coverage as well. Esports has become so popular that it was teased during the 2016 Olympics closing ceremony that video games could be forming part of future Olympic Games, with iconic retro games like Pac-Man and Mario making an appearance.
To further boost the opportunity for eSports to join the 2024 Olympic Games, co-president of the Paris Olympic committee, Tony Estanguet has stated that he intends on having talks surrounding the inclusion of eSports to the Games.
We have to look at it because we can’t say, It’s not us. It’s not about Olympics. The youth, yes they are interested in eSports and this kind of thing. Let’s look at it. Let’s meet them. Let’s try if we can find some bridges.
It’s a very exciting time for eSports and it would completely commercialize competitive gaming if the International Olympics Committee confirms the inclusion of eSports in the 2024 Olympic Games. The final decision on the 2024 Olympic Games program will take place in 2019 by the Committee after the 2020 Olympic Games has taken place in Tokyo, Japan. Whether or not the Committee will approve the inclusion of eSports into the Olympic Games remains to be seen. The Committee has expressed doubts on whether or not eSports could be considered a sport.
We are not yet 100 per cent clear whether e-sports is really sport, with regard to physical activity and what it needs to be considered sport.
The 2024 Olympic Games will be hosted in the French capital of Paris, which will be confirmed during a ceremony taking place in Lima, Peru later this year. Los Angeles was also in the run, but it was agreed that the laid-back American coastal city will instead host the 2028 Olympic Games.
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