Esports will be a medal event in the 2022 Asian Games

Kurt Lozano
·Esports Content Producer
·1-min read
The 2022 Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou, China. (Photo: Olympic Council of Asia website)
The 2022 Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou, China. (Photo: Olympic Council of Asia website)

Esports has been approved as a new medal event in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, the Olympic Council of Asia announced during their 39th general assembly held both online and in Muscat, Oman on Wednesday (16 December).

Esports will be included among the “intellectual” disciplines in the Asian Games, alongside the likes of Chess and Go. The esports titles to be played in the event have not yet been announced.

The 2022 Asian Games are set to be held from 11-25 November 2022.

Esports was notably included in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia as a demonstration event, featuring titles such as League of Legends, StarCraft II, Hearthstone, Pro Evolution Soccer 2018, Arena of Valor, and Clash Royale.

As a demonstration event, however, medals won were not counted towards the official tally.

This will not be the first time that esports will be a medal event in an official sports setting, however.

Esports made its debut as a medal event in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games held in the Philippines from November to December 2019.

The event featured six esports titles split according to their platforms, namely PC, console, and mobile.

Dota 2, StarCraft II, and Hearthstone were the titles for PC, Tekken 7 was the sole title for console, while Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Arena of Valor were the titles for mobile.

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