OCA Announces Eight Medal Esports Events at Hangzhou Asian Games

Industry Watch | September 9, 2021 | News

Olympic Council of Asia Asian Electronic Sports Federation

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has announced the titles for esports' debut as an official medal sport at the 19th Asian Games, to be held in Hangzhou, China in September 2022.

There will be eight medal events besides two demonstration games, reflecting the growing popularity of electronic sports in China and Asia.

The game titles were announced on 8 September 2021, the first day of the two-day Chefs de Mission Seminar video conference for the 19th Asian Games.

The eight official events are: Arena of Valor Asian Games Version, Dota 2, Dream Three Kingdoms 2, EA Sports FIFA branded soccer games, HearthStone, League of Legends, PUBG Mobile Asian Games Version and Street Fighter V. 

The two demonstration events are AESF Robot Masters and AESF VR Sports, both powered by Migu.

Husain Al-Musallam, Director General, OCA, said, “We hope that this announcement allows all participating teams ample time to prepare and equip themselves ahead of the qualifying stages. I believe we have ticked all the right boxes ensuring a high level of competition which promises great viewing for enthusiasts and casuals alike. We at the OCA are looking forward to working closely with our friends at the Asian Electronic Sports Federation and the Hangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee to ensure a successful execution of the esports event at the 2022 Asian Games.”

The Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) has been appointed Technical Delegate of the esports competition at the 19th Asian Games by the OCA. The AESF will be in charge of the qualifying competition and for the operation and management of the competition in Hangzhou.

Lokesh Suji, Director, Esports Federation of India (ESFI) and Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF), said, "Eight esports titles mean 24 medals. For titles like Hearthstone; EA FIFA, DOTA2, League of Legends, Street Fighter, we have very strong chances of winning medals for India; Tirth Mehta who got Bronze medal last time (2018), will be able to convert that Bronze to a Gold this time. We will soon launch the “Road to Asian Games” program in line with AESF, to identify the best of the talent and train them for the main event at Hangzhou, China in September 2022.”

He added that for titles like AOV (Asian Games Version) and PUBG Mobile (Asian Games Version), the AESF was awaiting further inputs.

“It’s time for our Sports Ministry to recognize ESFI and our sport “esports”. We are confident that we will increase our medals tally this time. ESFI & AESF both are committed to develop, support and grow esports not only in India but the region" he added.

There will also be two demo games at the first continental Games that includes esports as a medal sport; time for Indian Sports Ministry to recognise genre, says federation.

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