The argument regarding the inclusion of esports in global sports tournaments like the Olympics has been around for quite a while. However, notable organizations like the Swedish Sports Federation refusing to recognize esports along with the general category of sports had left a fairly bitter taste in the entire community's mouth.
Nevertheless, the Olympic Council of Asia has recently confirmed that a total of eight esports titles will be a part of medal-winning events at the 2022 Asian Games. Previously, the Asian Games has served as a platform for showcasing various popular esports titles in 2018. However, this will be the first time that esports is given recognition as a medal-worthy sport by an Olympic-controlled Council.
Let's dive in and take a look at what to expect from the 19th Asian Games in 2022.
Esports in Asian Games 2022
Scheduled to be held in September 2022, the 19th Asian Games will feature a total of eight medal-worthy events and two demonstration games that are expected to set the stage for VR esports. These games include:
- Arena of Valor (Asian Games Version)
- DOTA 2
- Dream Three Kingdoms 2
- EA Sports FIFA branded soccer games
- League of Legends
- PUBG Mobile (Asian Games Version)
- Street Fighter V
- AESF Robot Master - Powered by Migu (Demonstration for VR)
- AESF VR Sports - Powered by Migu (Demonstration for VR)
Having said that, it can be expected that VR esports could become a mainstream medal contender at the 20th Asian Games in 2026.
However, until and unless the Olympic Council Asia responds on the matter, it remains a huge mystery for the community.
Nevertheless, esports getting recognized as a part of the Asian Games is a massive victory for the entire gaming industry. Not only will this addition help raise awareness about esports and gaming but will also allow the community to grow substantially from the massive reach and popularity of the Asian Games.