“We have to look at it because we can’t say, ‘It’s not us. It’s not about Olympics,’” Estanguet said. “The youth, yes they are interested in eSport and this kind of thing. Let’s look at it. Let’s meet them. Let’s see 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.”
The move is part of a growing trend by the Olympic Committee to recognize eSports. The IOC recognizes the eSports Asian Games. Forty-five national delegations and about 10,000 players took part in the most recent Asian games three years ago in Incheon, South Korea.
The Olympic Council of Asia has also announced that eSports will be a medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games in China.
However, IOC president Thomas Bach has not fully backed eSports at the games.
“We are not yet 100 percent clear whether eSports is really sport, with regard to physical activity, and what it needs to be considered sport,” Bach told Inside the Games in a recent interview.