Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has announced that eight video games will be included in the medal events for the 2022 Asian Games. The games will Street Fighter V, Hearthstone, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile Asian Games Version, Dota 2, League of Legends, Arena of Valor Asian Games Version, EA Sports FIFA, and Dream Three Kingdoms 2.
The Asian Games are an intercontinental sporting event held every four years where athletes from Asia compete against each other in different sports for medals. It is very similar to the Olympics, however, it focuses only on Asia. Video games have been part of the Asian Games before, but are mostly demonstration events, so medals won in these events don’t count towards the total medal count. of countries.
The Asian Electronic Sports Federation, or AESF, will be the technical delegate of this new arm of the Asian Games. It will handle the operation and management of the eSports competition.
This will be the second time that the International Olympic Committee has recognized esports as a medal event. The 2018 Asian Games is the first time that video games have been considered a medal event. The games for that event are Dota 2, Starcraft II, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Hearthstone, Arena of Valor, and Tekken 7.
The 2022 Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou, China and will begin this month.