By adding esports competitions to the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, the winners will receive medals in an official Olympic event, bringing team and solo-based video gaming competition one step closer to widespread official Olympic sports representation in the years ahead. A mobile game will also be included, but there is no confirmation of any game yet. Federation Internationale de Football Association 2017 is the only game confirmed to appear at AIMAG, but the event will also include a multiplayer online battle arena game (such as League of Legends or Dota 2) and a real-time strategy game (such as StarCraft 2). 10,000 athletes participated at the most recent Asian Games in 2014.
Alisports, the sports wing of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, and the Olympic Council of Asia announced a strategic partnership on Monday in Hangzhou, to bring the fast-developing e-sports or electronic sports to the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.
The six regions will each provide eight qualifiers - two in each game - for the final tournament in Ashgabat, where they will be joined by four Turkmen players to take the field to 52 players.
Formed in 1982, the Kuwait-headquartered OCA manages and organizes a series of major comprehensive sporting events, including the largest and most influential Asia Games, the Asian Winter Games, the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, the Asian Beach Games and the Asian Youth Games. The host cities of the Games have also been battling financial crisis, with Incheon operating on a shoestring three years ago and Indonesia spending even less for next year's edition.More news: Trump admin. declines to brand China a currency manipulator
It seems like E-sports is moving forward in its appeal to be recognized as an official Olympic sport.
According to the BBC, e-sports generated a revenue of $493 million in 2016 while attracting a global audience of 320 million.
The winning team at the biggest e-sports event, the League of Legends World Championship, scooped £810,000 in prize money previous year.
Alisports has also invested $150 million into the worldwide eSports Federation, which aims to make eSports an Olympic event.