Esport will finally make its debut as an official medal-winning sport at the 19th Asian Games, which will be held in Hangzhou, China in September next year.
Esport will debut as an official medalist sport at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, the Olympic Council of Asia (@AsianGamesOCA) announced on Wednesday. #Asian Games # Hangzhou2022 | Going through @kennedyzcaacbay pic.twitter.com/5jAaGrSVSM
– ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) September 9, 2021
According to Olympic Council of Asia, its inclusion in the Games “reflects the popularity and growth of electronic sports in China and Asia.”
Eight medal events are included in the Asian Games esports category, which will include the following games:
- Arena of Valor Asian Games Version
- Dota 2
- Dream of the three kingdoms 2
- EA SPORTS FIFA branded football games
- League of Legends
- Asian mobile games PUBG version
- Street Fighter V
The early announcement of the addition of esports to the Asian Games should allow countries to prepare for the competitions, said Olympic Council of Asia chief executive Husain Al-Musallam.
“We hope that this announcement will give all participating teams enough time to prepare and equip themselves before the qualifying stages.
“I think we’ve ticked all the right boxes to ensure a high level of competition that promises great viewing for both enthusiasts and casuals,” he added.
The Olympic Council also appointed the Hong Kong-based Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) to take over the operation and management of the Asian Games esports competition in 2022.
EFSA will also present two demonstration events at the Asian Games.
- AESF Robot Masters-Powered by Migu
- AESF VR Sports powered by Migu
Competitive video games have gained ground in recent years.
In 2019, the Philippines, host country of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, also made their esports debut as a medal event for regional sports competition.
The country dominated Dota 2, Starcraft II and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, while Sibol, the Philippine national team, won 3 gold medals at the SEA Games.
Of the three, only Dota 2 will be featured at the Asian Games.
Notable snobs in esports competition are the 5v5 character-based tactical FPS game Valorant, the hit 5v5 online multiplayer battle arena Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and the NBA basketball sports simulation video game. 2K.
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