Esports will now be a part of the 2020 Asian Games in Hangzhou after an official announcement by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on Wednesday. This will be the 19th edition of the Asian Games and will be held between September 10 and 25.
Esports was introduced to the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta but it was a demonstration sport back then. This time, it has been made an official event, recognizing gaming as a sport in a top continental multi-sport event like the Asian Games. It is to be noted that the medals won in the competition will add to the athlete’s country tally in the point’s table.
The Hangzhou 2022 Organizing Committee reported the proposal of adding eSports and break dance to the official program at the 39th Olympic Council of Asia General Assembly Meeting in Muscat, Oman on Wednesday afternoon. The proposal was finally approved by the OCA categorizing eSports as mind sport and break dance as dancesport.
However, which video games will be included and how the competition will take place hasn’t been confirmed yet. In 2018 in Jakarta, five video games were chosen – League of Legends, Arena of Valor, Pro Evolution of Soccer 2018, StarCraft II, Hearthstone, and Clash Royale. China bagged golds in League of Legends and Arena of Valor.