The Olympics are waning in popularity as the population around the world ages. Sports like track and field, rowing, and many others simply don’t appeal to huge numbers of younger people today. What does appeal to huge numbers of younger people are video games and competitive gaming. When the 2024 summer Olympics roll around they may for the very first time include competitive gaming as a medal sport.
Twinfinite reports that the co-president of the Paris Olympic Bid Committee, Tony Estanguet, has announced that it will have discussions with both the International Olympic Committee and representatives from the competitive gaming world to discuss how esports might become a regular part of the Olympics. That would mean for the first time, there are medals for people who don’t actually have to run, jump, swim, or paddle.
“We have to look at it because we can’t say, ‘It’s not us. It’s not about Olympics,'” he explained “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.”
Having the ability to win an Olympic gold medal would certainly add to the luster of professional esports and would give the Olympics something that huge numbers of younger people would watch the Olympic games to see. The International Olympic Committee has to approve the inclusion of competitive gaming for 2024 and there is no indication of if that is likely at this time.