The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) announced which esports titles have been selected for the Asian Games 2022 in Hangzhou, China.
League of Legends, Foyer, Dota 2 and Street Fighter V are among eight titles nominated for esports debut as an official Games medalist sport.
Joining these titles at the Asian Games, which will begin in September 2022, are Arena of Valor (Asian games version), Dream Three Kingdoms 2, FIFA, and PUBG Mobile (Asian games version).
In addition, two demonstration events – AESF Robot Masters and AESF VR Sports – will take place. Both demo events are powered by China Mobile’s streaming subsidiary Migu.
Husain Al-Musallam, the Director General of the OCA, commented: “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.”
The OCA appointed the Asian Electronic Sports Federation like his Technical Delegate for esports competitions at the Asian Games. As a result, the federation will be in charge of qualifying, as well as the operation and management of esports competitions.
Although this is the industry’s debut as an official medal-winning sport, esport was used at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia as a demonstration event.
Esports Insider Says: The selection of titles for the 2022 Asian Games is certainly impressive. While not all Tier 1 esports are on this list, the likes of League of Legends, Dota 2, and PUBG Mobile are all smart choices. What is important now is that high quality teams and participants compete against each other at the event. If it turns out to be successful, it could lead to even more opportunities for esports on the Olympic stage.
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