Paris to consider video games for 2024 Olympics


The concept of a digital Olympics is not exactly new: Though not officially affiliated with Rio, last year's Games included a two-day pop-up event for eSports. It's not about Olympics, ' " Estanguet told the AP.

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".

Come 2024, it's realistic that video games and esports could be played with something much larger at stake: Olympic medals.

What began in the 1970s (the earliest known video game competition took place in 1972 at Stanford University) grew through the '90s, thanks to increasing Internet connectivity.

Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Olympic bid committee, said that Paris officials will hold talks with esports representatives and the IOC about the possibility of egaming joining the 2024 schedule of events.

Mr Estanguet told the Associate Press: "The youth, are interested in esport".

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"Look, there's 11 years before the Games, so it wouldn't hurt if they took a year or even six months instead of rushing", said Jed Parriott, an organizer of the NOlympics LA group. "Let's try if we can find some bridges or not". It is the end for Team Secret.

"There is some time to look at it, to interact, to engage", said Estanguet. "I think it's interesting ... to better understand what the process is why it is such a success".

The esports industry is expected to surpass $1 billion in revenue by 2019 and has reached the same level as professional baseball and hockey in terms of viewership, according to Sports Illustrated.

The contract gives the city a greater share of any financial surplus from the Games and includes an International Olympic Committee contribution of $2 billion but also leaves Los Angeles with any cost overruns associated with the $5.3 billion sporting event.

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.