Any game chosen in 2019 would still need to be popular in 2024.
In April, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) announced that eSports will be a medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games in China, the boldest step yet toward mainstream recognition of competitive gaming. Estanguet goes on, "I don't want to say 'no" from the beginning. Let's look at it. Let's meet them [the e-sports representatives].
The IOC instead let individual sports federations act on the issue allowing a number of Russian athletes to participate in the Rio Olympics.
In 2014, Blizzard's former creative chief officer, Rob Pardo, said there was an excellent argument for video games to be part of the Olympics. The president of the Paris Olympic Tender Committee told the Associated Press that the discussions will be held with people from competitive video game circles and the International Olympic Committee to discuss the prospects of gamers competing for Olympic gold.
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 esports in the Olympic games.
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"We will spend some time after (the International Olympic Committee meeting in September) Lima to engage with new people and stakeholders". Now, let's not get ahead of ourselves, though.
"I have to admit over the last years it was not easy to carry a bid", Estanguet said, "especially because in Europe you saw what happened to other bid cities".
The next set of games will be the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
"I don't want to disappoint".
"We knew we had to challenge this reputation that the budget of the games can explode". 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. "This is my mandate now".