The world of online gaming and esports has emerged as a major player in the realm of spectator sports. It’s breaking new ground as prestigious events like the Asian Games have recognized popular esports titles such as League of Legends and six others as official events.
Which titles are now a part of the Asian Games?
The Asian Games will now include seven popular competitive titles in the Eastern region. While Asian Games have always included “mind games” like chess, it finally recognises video games for the first time. Now, League of Legends, Honor of Kings (AKA Arena of Valor), Peace Elite Asian Games (AKA PUBG Mobile), DOTA 2, Dream Three Kingdoms 2, Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, and EA Sports FC (AKA FIFA Online 4) will be featured in the next Asian Games.
These esports titles will arrive with varying forms of competition (based on their genre) and award gold medals for each game. Notably, some massively successful esports athletes are expected to participate in the upcoming Asian Games. One of the more notable names is South Korea’s Lee “Faker” Sanghyeok, who is often renowned as a God in League of Legends or one of its GOATS (Greatest of All Time). Interestingly enough, winning a gold medal at the Asian Games also means that one can be exempted from the compulsory military service for men in South Korea.
Asian Games & esports
During the last Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, esports was featured for the first time as a demonstration sport. This move was positively received and was quite successful. The Olympics already recognized esports and established the Olympics Esports Series.
So, with the online gaming segment booming, it isn’t surprising that video games are seeing wider recognition, even in major sporting events.