The city of Paris will be hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics. This comes amid an agreement that would allow the city to host it then with Los Angeles hosting the 2028 edition of the games.
Paris has been making some plans as a means of getting various sports added to the Olympics. The committee responsible for the city’s Olympic bid has been working to get esports to be possibly added onto the lineup.
Tony Estanguet, the co-president of the city’s Olympic committee, said in a report with the Associated Press that he has been speaking with a few representatives of various esports organizations. He has expressed a strong interest in getting esports to come out to Paris in 2024.
This comes amid the decision to make esports into a medal event at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou.
What Sport Would Be Involved?
The particular esport that would be involved in the 2024 Olympics if it was to be included as an event is unclear at this point. Considering how tens of thousands of people have packed venues in Seoul, Las Vegas and New York for League of Legends tournaments, it is widely believed that League of Legends would be the top runner for the esport that would be highlighted.
However, Dota 2 and Overwatch have been heavily speculated as possible options. Much of this is thanks to the high payouts of recent Dota 2 tournaments and the upcoming Overwatch League expected to create a significant change in how esports events are to be held. There is always the chance that a new esport that has yet to be introduced could eventually come about and become popular enough to get into the Olympics as well.
It is widely expected that if esports does come to the 2024 Olympics that it might use the same events that would be used in the 2022 Asian Games. Details on what games would be used might take a few years to be revealed at this current juncture.
When Will a Decision Be Made?
The decision over adding esports to the Olympics would more than likely be made after the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are finished. The 2024 program will start to be shaped up in 2019 with the events being finalized a few years after that with decisions on various sports expected to be made around then. This gives the esports industry enough time to prepare an action plan for events in the hopes of getting into the Olympics as a medal event.
What About Demonstrations?
The International Olympic Committee has not allowed demonstration sports to be highlighted as non-medal events at the Olympics since 1992. In 2016, the IOC did allow an esports competition to be held in Rio de Janeiro as the Olympics were taking place but it was not considered to be an official demonstration sport. It is doubtful that the IOC would allow esports to be a demonstration activity in 2020 although like in 2016 and also with a Wushu tournament in Beijing during the 2012 games, there is a chance the IOC would allow some events to happen outside their control.