eSports Is An Official Medal Category at 2022 Asian Games

Earlier this week, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and Alisports announced that the 2022 Asian Games will include eSports as a medal event.

The 2022 Asian Games will be held in Hanzhou, China, in September 2022. Prior to that, an eSports category will be shown in the 2018 Asian Games as a demonstration event before its official inclusion in the 2022 Asian Games.

Esports will also be demonstrated this year at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Game (AIMAG) in September. Games at AIMAG will include “FIFA 2017,” as well as an unannounced MOBA and RTS game — most likely to be “League of Legends” and “Starcraft II,” both leading titles in the eSports scene.

The inclusion of eSports will be “reflecting the rapid development and popularity of this new form of sports participation among the youth,” said OCA President HE Skeikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah.