Esports Debuts as Medal Event at Hangzhou Asian Games 2023
by EVENTFAQS Bureau Entertainment | June 16, 2023 | News
Esports will be making its official debut as a medal event at the Hangzhou Asian Games 2023, solidifying its position in the mainstream sports scene. This follows its previous appearance as a demonstration title in 2018. The Asian Games, originally scheduled for September last year, will now be held from September 23 to October 8, 2023, and will feature a range of esports competitions.
The seven official events and their respective publishers for the Hangzhou Asian Games are as follows: Arena of Valor Asian Games Version, Dota 2, Dream Three Kingdoms 2, FIFA Online 4, League of Legends, PUBG Mobile Asian Games Version, and Street Fighter V: Champion Edition.
India, as part of the multi-nation event, will be participating in four of the seven titles. The Indian contingent consists of talented athletes who will compete in Dota 2, FIFA Online 4, League of Legends, and Street Fighter V: Champion Edition. Each team is represented by skilled players who are ready to showcase their abilities on this grand stage.
Expressing his excitement regarding the official introduction of esports at the 19th Asian Games, Mr. Lokesh Suji, Director of the Esports Federation of India and Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF), stated, "The days we once dreamt of for Indian Esports are now finally here. The range of titles at the Asian Games will not only showcase the diversity of esports but will also display different aspects of skill, strategy, and teamwork from the athletes to offer an all-round experience for the viewers. Esports taking center stage at the Asian Games is the dawn of a new era for competitive gaming, and we urge the entire country to witness it. Our talented athletes are fully prepared to triumph in this life-changing championship, turning their dreams into reality."
The inclusion of esports in such a prestigious sporting event like the Asian Games highlights the growing recognition and acceptance of esports as a legitimate form of competition. With its inclusion, esports is poised to captivate a wider audience and further establish itself as a significant component of the global sports landscape.
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The Asian Games, originally scheduled for September last year, will now be held from September 23 to October 8, 2023, and will feature a range of esports competitions.