At this point, eSports, which is to say competitive video gaming (not that you likely needed that explanation), has been completely legitimized. There are eSports leagues, and you can watch eSports on television. It is immensely popular, with millions of people watching it every year. However, it seems like eSports may be about to be taken to the next level. There is the possibility for video gaming to be a part of the Olympics in 2024.
Yes, esports may be an Olympic event. That may seem crazy, but in the early days of the Olympics stuff like tug of war and art were considered events worthy of the Olympics. Are eSports any stranger than dressage? Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though. There is only a discussion about the 2024 Olympics in Paris including video games. Nothing is a given, as Paris has only recently tentatively been granted the Olympics, so a lot of stuff has to happen still. The IOC needs to sign off on eSports being included, and that’s far from a given. Tony Estanguet, co-president of Paris’ bid, used the phrase “look at it” several times in discussing the possibility. Maybe they’re just paying lip service to all the gamers and eSports fans out there.
That being said, in 2022 video gaming will be a full sport at the Asian Games, so even if eSports don’t get the Olympic thumbs up, that’s a big step forward for gamers.