What began in the 1970s (the earliest known video game competition took place in 1972 at Stanford University) grew through the '90s, thanks to increasing Internet connectivity.
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A 2015 study forcasted that eSports would reach an audience of 145 million viewers by 2017, so it comes as no surprise that the Olympic committee is looking at including it in their event.
"The youth, yes they are interested in eSports and this kind of thing".
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Estanguet, a three-time Olympic gold medal victor in canoe slalom, said the committee simply can't look the other way when it comes to eSports. "Let's see if we can find some bridges", Estanguet added. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach addressed the matter saying "We are not yet 100 percent clear whether eSports is really a sport with regard to physical activity and what it needs to be considered a sport". But will the prim-and-proper Olympics adopt eSports with the same tolerance? "I don't want to say 'no" from the beginning. "I think it's interesting ... to better understand what the process is why it is such a success". It is transcending so far, in fact, that is is actually being considered for Paris's Olympic Summer Games. There will be no dramatic vote, as the French capital is the only remaining bidder for the Olympics after Budapest, Hamburg, and Rome all withdrew their candidacies. The official estimated that to keep their relevance today and to interest young people, the Olympic Games should follow the trends: integrating esports would go in this direction.
The Paris organizers will reportedly meet with eSports representatives and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about computerized matches joining the 2024 lineup.
Esport tournaments feature teams of players competing in various games, including League of Legends, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros., and more.