Video Gaming Could Be an Olympic Sport by 2024

The International Olympic Committee may add eSports to the Summer Oympics in Paris.

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"Gaming disorder" will soon be an official WHO concern. (Rob Stothard/ Getty)

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Video gaming might be a part of the 2024 Olympic Games. Given the burgeoning popularity of eSports, the International Olympic Committee is exploring the possibility of adding video games to the program in time for the Summer Olympics in Paris.

According to Associated Press, Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee, will hold talks with the IOC and eSports officials on the matter. He believes a competition involving digital skills should be considered, especially if they’re going to appeal to a younger generation of fans. Estanguet says the discussions will help everyone understand why competitive gaming has been successful, Associated Press reports.

The eSports market is expected to make $696 million in revenue this year and rise to $1.48 billion by 2020, according to Business Insider. Its total audience is expected to grow from 385 million in 2019 to 589 million over the next three years.

The talks are set to begin in 2019, according to the Associated Press. The Paris program will be finalized by the IOC shortly after the 2020 Olympics, giving eSports supports ample time to lobby their cause.
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