There is good news for all the professional gamers and gaming junkies out there. If you love playing video games, it is your life and passion, you can host your country in the Gaming tournament that we might have in 2024 Olympics to be held in Paris. The Paris Olympic bid committee’s co-president told the Associated Press that they are going to discuss the possibility of hosting a video gaming competition after having a discussion with the Olympic committee and the with people representing various gaming circles.
The co-president, Tony Estanguet said that “We have to look at it because we can’t say, ‘It’s not us. It’s not about Olympics,’” Estanguet said. “The youth, yes they are interested in eSport and this kind of thing. Let’s look at it. Let’s meet them. Let’s try if we can find some bridges.”
He added, “I don’t want to say ‘no’ from the beginning,” he added. “I think it’s interesting to interact with the IOC, with them, the eSports family, to better understand what the process is and why it is such a success.”
Estanguet accepted that the idea of having a gaming competition at least deserves to be a part of the discussion.
However, the official list of event that are going to be held in the 2024 Olympics will be formed in the year 2019. And the final list of sports will be announced by the committee in Tokyo after the 2020 Olympics.
Not only that, in 2014, Rob Pardo, the former Blizzard chief said that video games have a good chance of becoming a part of the Olympics. He said, “I think the way that you look at eSports 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.”
But, Paris is still not the official host of Olympics 2024. The final call will be made next month in September. There was a doubt between LA and Paris, but later Los Angeles was picked as the host for Olympics 2028.
Well, let’s wait and watch what is coming for the gamers. There are no rules and regulations around video gaming and what games would be picked for competing, nothing is known. What do you think should happen? Share with us in the comments below.