looks like all eyes should be on the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris . The co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee told the Associated Press that discussions whether there should be an video games tournament That could compete for a Olympic Gold meda
Tony Estanguet, co-president of France’s bid committee, stated that he believes the gaming community deserves to be included in the discussion when it comes to possibly implementing gaming and video games in the Olympic games.
“We have to look at it because we can’t say, ‘It’s not us. It’s not about Olympics,’” he explained “The youth, yes they are interested in video games and this kind of thing. Let’s look at it. Let’s meet them. Let’s try if we can find some bridges.”
Starting in 2019, a list of events for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris will form, while the official list of sports will be announced after the 2020 Games in Tokyo, Japan. Paris has yet to be officially announced as the host of the 2024 games, but that’s expected to happen in September. Los Angeles was in the mix as well, but it recently elected to host the event in 2028 instead.
In 2014, former Blizzard chief creative officer Rob Pardo said there is a very good argument to be made for gaming being a part of the Olympics. “I think the way that you look at video Games is that it’s a very competitive skill set and you look at these professional gamers and the reflexes are lightning quick and they’re having to make very quick decisions on the fly,” he said. “When you look at their ‘actions per minute’, they’re clearing over 300.”
Seeing something like esports added to the fold at the Olympics could be a momentous occasion for some, and could even go so far as to legitimise the career even further for some players. It could only be a good decision if the IOC decides to go ahead with the inclusion. Either way, we’ll just have to wait and see.
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