For the first time in the history of the Asian Games, esports will be featured as official medal events. Dota 2, League of Legends, and six other video games will be part of the 2022 Asian Games at Hangzhou, China.
Here’s the complete list of the eight official esports events:
- Arena of Valor
- League of Legends
- Street Fighter V
- DOTA 2
- PUBG Mobile
- Dream Three Kingdoms 2
- EA Sports FIFA-branded soccer games
In their decision to choose these titles, the Olympic Council of Asia factored in what games would bring a highly competitive environment while generating enthusiasm from both casual and dedicated players.
Two more titles will also be featured at the 2022 Asian Games as demonstration titles. The Asian Electronic Sports Federation has partnered with China Mobile Migu to promote tech-based esports with these two:
- AESF VR Sports
- AESF Robot Masters
Prior to the 2022 Asian Games, esports first appeared at the 2018 Asian Games at Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia but only as a demonstration sport.
In recent times, esports is getting adopted in more international multi-sport events. Last year, it was announced that the 2021 Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games, which is postponed to March 2022, would feature six video games as medal events.