— Published 17 January 2023

France wants the Olympic week

The French authorities are throwing themselves wholeheartedly into e-sports. With a clearly stated objective: to host the IOC’s Olympic eSports Week in 2024, the year of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris. The announcement was made on Monday 16 January by the government, at the end of a working meeting of e-sports ecosystem players, around three ministers: Amélie Oudéa-Castéra for Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Jean-Noël Barrot for Digital Transition and Telecommunications, and Rima Abdul Malak for Culture. The aim of this vast workshop was to define the national eSport strategy for the next three years. It will be based on five major actions. Among them, a bid to organise the Olympic eSports Week in 2024. A bid committee has been launched. It will be co-piloted by the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF), the Interministerial Delegation for Major Sports Events, the Paris&Co incubator, and the Paris 2024 OCOG. It will be responsible for developing and presenting a project to public players next spring. The committee will be coordinated by Matthieu Péché, manager of the Vitality team on the game Counter-Strike, and bronze medallist in slalom double canoe (C2) at the Rio Games in 2016. As a reminder, the Olympic e-Sports Week is a new event launched by the IOC as a continuation of its Olympic Virtual Series. Its first edition is scheduled to take place in June (22-25) in Singapore. The next one is planned for the end of 2024. The French eSports strategy also includes mapping the players in the sector and setting up regional eSports offices in two to four pilot regions, including the South region.