Esports could be coming to the 2024 Olympics. Paris Olympic bid committee co-president Tony Estanguet has scheduled talks with the International Olympics Committee and other esports representatives to discuss the idea.
"We have to look at it because we can't say, 'It's not us. It's not about Olympics,'" Estanguet said in an interview with the Associated Press. "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.”
As Compete points out, this wouldn’t be the first time esports have vied for an Olympic spot. The 2016 Rio games had an esports showcase, featuring exhibition matches. Eight international teams competed in Smite and Super Smash Bros. Wii U. The burgeoning scene is also slated to make an appearance in the 2022 Asian Games, as a medal event.
"I don't want to say 'no' from the beginning. 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."
"There is some time to look at it, to interact, to engage," Estanguet added. "We will spend some time after (the IOC meeting in September) Lima to engage with new people and stakeholders. The IOC will have the last ... say, if they want esports on the program. Let's discuss among ourselves."
The next set of games will be the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This gives several years to discuss the issue, before 2024’s Paris games.