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Esports as possible candidate for Olympic sport

The esports could become Olympic sport at the Paris Games

The JJ OO nominations committee of 2024 will meet with the IOC to study the possible arrival of electronic sports in the Olympics.

Video games competitions, better known as esports or electronic sports, could be included in the Olympic program of Paris 2024.

Tony Estanguet, co-chair of the nominating committee in Paris, will meet with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the main representatives of the electronic sports industry to study the inclusion of these competitions in the Olympics to be held in France.

"We have to study the possibility because we can not say that it does not concern us, or that it has nothing to do with the Olympics," Estanguet said in an interview with AP news agency. "Young people are interested in esports and this kind of things.Let's see it.Let's meet them.Let's see if we can find some bridges."

Los Angeles, one of the two remaining candidate cities, reached an agreement with the IOC to celebrate the Games of 2028, leaving Paris to host the 2024 Olympics. This three-way agreement will be ratified on September 13 at the IOC Session in Lima Peru.

In April, The Olympic Council of Asia will include several video game competitions in the official program of the Asian Games of 2022 to be held in Hangzhou, China.

Esports are a phenomenon of great follow-up and acceptance among young people. Its popularity exploded with the launch of the popular video game PC of League of Legends and the rise of platforms of rebroadcast of live games like Twitch, that Amazon bought for 978 million dollars. This August has been held The International, the largest tournament of Dota 2 in the world, which has been distributed more than 24 million dollars in prizes.