Esports could be added to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris

Female gamers, get your get your PlayStations ready.

There’s a chance that esports could be added to the program of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

Tony Estanguet, the co-president of the Paris Olympic bid committee, said in an interview that he is not going to say “no” to the addition of esports before giving it serious consideration. Legitimizing gaming as an Olympic sport may be in line with the times, he argued.

“We have to look at it because we can’t say, ‘It’s not us. It’s not about Olympics,’” Estanguet told the AP. “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. I don’t want to say ‘no’ from the beginning. I think it’s interesting to interact with the IOC, with them, the esports family, to better understand what the process is and why it is such a success.”

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Paris will officially be announced as the hosts of the 2024 Olympics when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) gathers in Lima, Peru in September. The IOC along with the Paris bid committee will start to work on the program in 2019 and decide the final list of included sports after the conclusion of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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