Paris Olympic committee considers e-sports for 2024

The AP is reporting that the leaders of the Olympic Games are at least considering bringing video gaming on board for the 2024 program in Paris.

The co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee, Tony Estanguet, told the AP, “We have to look at [e-sports] because we can’t say, ‘It’s not us. It’s not about Olympics.’ […] 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. […] 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.”

This shouldn’t come as too much of a shock; the 2022 Asian Games have already announced e-sports as a medal event, citing the inclusion of e-sports at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, though as we reported last month, multiple countries had bailed out of this year’s AIMAG e-sports events, citing health concerns, poor regulation, and “governance concerns.”

Source: AP via Destructoid. Thank you, Sally!
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ceder

Largest commercial event every 4 years seeks new markets and demographics they can classify as a sport for the purpose..

So, sounds like business as usual to me.

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PurpleCopper

Please don’t do this.

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Jack Pipsam

They should go meta and make a Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games game part of the Olympic Games.

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A Dad Supreme

They are considering it simply for ratings, not because it’s an actual sport.

But I think we already know this.

I remember the old days when people scoffed at X-Game type sports being added to the Olympics and the uproar then. That seems like a million years (and a couple of billion dollars) ago.

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Utakata

This is the next step for considering watermelon seed spitting competition as an Olympic sport. o.O

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camren_rooke

I can get 6 to 8 feet with a sunflower seed so I might be on the next Wheaties box wearin gold!

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Dean Greenhoe

I like it. IF, the competitors powered their PC’s via a treadmill or stationary bike and the teams with the highest electrical generation had the most powerful attacks. :)

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Melissa McDonald

eSports in the actual genuine athletic Olympics is a travesty. X Games are way more physical than “competitive sitting on your butt moving your thumbs on a gamepad”, yet it made sense to carve them out into their own competition. This has no place in the real Olympic games. It makes me want to throat-punch somebody.

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Rottenrotny

They’re (corporations) really trying to shove this e-sports garbage down our throats aren’t they?

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Sally Bowls

They are certainly trying to profit. But I think of them as more as drawn to the money as moths to the flame.

Tens of millions of people started watching it, the market potential grew large enough to be of interest even to billion dollar multinationals. Only then did things like Amazon spending a billion on Twitch, Blizzard buying esports companies and starting Overwatch league start to happen.

It’s only because it was first popular that the big corps are involved. And, like so many conclusions here, that fault ultimately lies with the gamers.

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Veldan

What is the fault?

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Sally Bowls

I assumed that OP’s ” e-sports garbage” comment meant that he did not think the world was a better place for the invention of e-Sports.

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Armsbend

Please do not do this. They need to cut out more sports not add more. Walking and synchronized swimming to start. Everything really doesn’t need to be included.

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Jack Pipsam

Unlike other sports, I am actually impressed by synchronised swimmers.

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Armsbend

I am impressed as well. But it’s time has come and gone. The sport was created as an answered to old Hollywood films they don’t make any longer. Put it down.

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zuldar

It would be easy to shoot this down just based on the lack of physical activity, but that really isn’t what the Olympics is about. Ping pong for example is a summer Olympic event, not exactly the 100 meter dash there.

The people at Extra Credits had a pretty good episode that relates to this a bit here. A better question is does e-sports support the values the Olympics represent, namely bringing people together.

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Armsbend

Have you ever watched table tennis at the Olympic level? It takes as much stamina as more than half the Olympic sports. It is not the ping pong you play in your basement.

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A Dad Supreme

” Ping pong for example is a summer Olympic event, not exactly the 100 meter dash there.”
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So your argument is:

“Ping Pong isn’t as physically strenuous as the 100 meter dash, so let’s add an activity that’s considerably less than even Ping Pong?”

Doesn’t sound like a good case for admission.

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Veldan

Your example is terrible. Table tennis requires a lot more physical activity than a short event like 100 meter sprint. You’ve never watched a table tennis match if you think it doesn’t require much effort.

I played table tennis during my whole youth, including competition and tournaments, and I hate when people see it as a less intensive sport. It’s not. Just because you’re not running across a field, that doesn’t mean it’s not physically intensive.

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zuldar

It’s not. Just because you’re not running across a field, that doesn’t mean it’s not physically intensive.

I never said it required little effort, the point was just because it’s not considered to be a traditional sport by some doesn’t make it any less valid or worthy of being in the Olympics.

People are quick to defend table tennis as Olympic worthy while decrying e-sports as not a real sport. They should keep an open mind instead and consider if e-sports could have anything to offer.