Esports in the Olympics?
I love video-games as much as anyone else. The one thing that I love about them is that most every game out there has a competitive aspect to it. Whether it’s an online shooter or its trying to beat my friends high score on the pinball machine at the bowling alley, competitive gaming of all kinds have always fascinated me.
With in the last few years, competitive gaming has made waves in the entertainment industry by streaming national and international tournaments online and even broadcasting on live TV through TBS. Popular games like League of Legends, Counter Strike, Overwatch, Call of Duty, Street Fighter, and many others. Players that train their trade just like professional athletes do, duke it out in sold out arenas for an impressive pool of money.
According to ESPN, Paris Olympic bid committee co-president Tony Estanguet will present the proposal to bring gaming to the 2024 Olympics to the International Olympic Committee meeting in Peru next month, hoping to bridge interest in the Olympics for younger generations.
“We have to look at it because we can’t say, ‘It’s not us. It’s not about Olympics,'” Estanguet told The Associated Press. “The youth, yes they are interested in esport and this kind of thing. Let’s look at it. Let’s meet them. Let’s try if we can find some bridges.”