Esports is being considered for the 2024 Olympics


There is only a discussion about the 2024 Olympics in Paris including video games.

The official announcement that Paris will hold the 2024 Summer Olympic Games is expected to be made next month.

Instead, Le Parisien reported, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo along with Sports Minister Laura Flessel and bid Co-Chairs Tony Estanguet and Bernard Lapasset will represent the French Capital in Peru when the Games are awarded in a toned-down ceremony.

Estanguet commented: "We have to look at it because we can't say, "it's not about Olympics" ..."

Seeing something like esports added to the fold at the Olympics could be a monumentous occasion for some, and could even go so far as to legitimize the career even further for some players. Let's look at it. Let's meet them [the e-sports representatives].

"The IOC will have the last say, if they want esports on the program".

Also up in the air are which games might be featured. As such, Paris will be confirmed at the September meeting of the International Olympic Committee, after which we'll hopefully hear more about the possibility of eSports joining some of the world's most elite athletes. Paris will not officially be confirmed as the 2024 host until the International Olympic Committee meeting in Lima, Peru next month, and planning for the games will not begin until 2019. In April, IOC President Thomas Bach did not sound convinced that eSports would fit in at the Olympics.

"We feel that we are the victor because we have what we wanted", said Estanguet, a canoe slalom triple-Olympic champion. All of this could potentially be leading to eSports' inclusion at the Olympics in 2024. He attributed the June additions of three-on-three basketball and freestyle BMX for the Tokyo Olympics to the committee's push for a "more youthful, more urban" Games.

"I don't want to disappoint". "We feel this responsibility since the beginning when we launched this bid. That's why we built the project based on 95 percent of existing venues to make sure we will be confident to be able to deliver our promises". Globally, eSports is a almost billion dollar industry, and in 2016, the World Championship finals for League of Legends had 12 million more viewers than the 2016 National Basketball Association finals, according to gaming site Kotaku.

The infrastructure budget in Paris has been estimated at 3 billion euros ($3 billion), with operational costs of 3.2 billion euros. "This is my mandate now".