There's a chance eSports could make it to the Olympics in 2024

Video game players compete against one another in an esports tournament at Caesars casino in Atlantic City in March

"Look, there's 11 years before the Games, so it wouldn't hurt if they took a year or even six months instead of rushing", said Jed Parriott, an organizer of the NOlympics LA group.

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. The athlete has stated its intention to further develop this subject with the followers of eSports, before making a formal proposal to the global olympic Committee.

Estanguet also had some thoughts for esports sceptics out there: "We have to look at it because we can't say, 'It's not us".

Los Angeles started off competing with other cities around the world for the 2024 Games, but eventually all bidders except for Los Angeles and Paris dropped out. IOC president Thomas Bach has said that eSports are contrary to "Olympic rules and values of sport". Any changes to the events in the 2024 Olympics will start to be looked at in 2019, with final decisions being made following the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The concept of a digital Olympics is not exactly new: Though not officially affiliated with Rio, last year's Games included a two-day pop-up event for eSports. But Estanguet isn't making any promises.

"I don't want to say no outright. I think it's interesting to interact with the International Olympic Committee, with them, the esports family, to better understand what the process is and why it is such a success", Estanguet told the AP.

Paris will be confirmed as the host of the 2024 Olympics at the next meeting of the International Olympic Committee, which is the result of a deal with Los Angeles, which agreed to take the 2028 games instead.

eSports are what competitive video gaming has come to be known as, with them covering a variety of games and genres.

Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O'Neil said at the time that it's "a good opportunity to reach younger fans in a different way and hopefully incorporate them into our fanbase". The biggest games at popular esports events, however, include League of Legends, Call of Duty, Dota 2 and Federation Internationale de Football Association are among the most popular games in competition.

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