The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) recently announced the eSports games that have been selected as the official medal competition for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Accordingly, LoL, Dota 2, Hearthstone and Street Fighter V are among the eight games named in the ranks of eSports competitions for official medals at the Olympics.
The Asian Games will begin in September 2022, in the list of official competitive eSports games, there are also Lien Lien, 3Q Cu Hanh, FIFA and PUBG Mobile (Asian Games version). In addition, two demonstration events, AESF Robot Masters and AESF VR Sports, will also take place, both demonstration events in charge of China Mobile’s subsidiary Migu.
Husain Al-Musallam, General Manager of OCA, commented: “We hope that this announcement allows all participating teams plenty of time to prepare and equip themselves ahead of the qualifying stages.” In addition, he also said that the selected titles are highly competitive, promising a great viewing experience for gamers in the community as well as professional athletes.
The OCA has appointed the Asian E-Sports Federation as the technical representative for the eSports competitions at the Asian Games. The federation will therefore be responsible for the qualification, as well as the operation and management of the eSports tournaments.
Although these are official eSports competitions for medals at a traditional sporting event, eSports was previously used during the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia as a demonstration event.
While not every eSports sport is on this list, names like League of Legends, Dota 2, and PUBG Mobile are all smart choices. It is important now that the teams compete with high quality in the event, which, if proven successful, could lead to even more opportunities for eSports to be featured in a major event like the Olympics. .