There's a chance eSports could make it to the Olympics in 2024

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • August 10, 2017 at 7:44 p.m. PDT

It's still a bit of a long shot at this point as the general response is more of a "we're not going to say 'no' yet," but there is hope to see eSports as part of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

The Associated Press spoke with Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee, about the potential of our seeing video games at the 2024 Olympics.

"The youth, yes they are interested in eSports and this kind of thing. Let's look at it. Let's meet them. Let's try if we can find some bridges," said Estanguet.

"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."

Estanguet directs attention to the fact that we have almost seven years before the event, and that means seven years for the public, and more importantly the International Olympic Committee, to develop their views of competitive gaming.

As for the fighting game community, it's probably best we be excited at the prospect, but not have any expectations for the time being.

The world of eSports is filled with different genres of games, and fighting games are amongst the newest and least popular at the moment. Even if titans like Counter Strike, Hearthstone and League of Legends make it, that doesn't guarantee we'll see Street Fighter, Smash, Tekken or Marvel as well.

The fact that this discussion is happening in the first place is very much encouraging, and we hope to see continued growth through invitational events like Eleague as well as traditional tournaments like EVO.

This is surely an exciting time for the gaming community as a whole, and we'd love to hear your reactions to this Olympic prospect in the commments below.

Photo source: Joannie Dennis.

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