Esports Included as Official Medal Event at 2022 Asian Games

By |3월 11th, 2020|

Esports Included as Official Medal Event at 2022 Asian Games

E-sports will be a medal that is official at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, Asia, thanks to a new strategic partnership between the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and Alisports, that is owned by the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.

Alibaba chief Zhang Dazhong’s company has invested millions in esports and did utilizing the OCA to have competitive video clip video gaming contained in the Asian Games.

This means alongside the typical procession of weightlifters, triathletes and ping-pong players will be a new breed of ‘cyber-athlete’ furiously pounding their joy-pads as they vie for gold in League of Legends, Dota 2 and Fifa.

The Asian games has long been fertile ground for experimenting with more unconventional activities. Over the full years, there have, for instance, been medals for contests in body-building, bridge and board games.

There was also something called ‘dancesport,’ as well as the popular southern Indian game of ‘kabaddi,’ by which contestants make an effort to run past their opponents while holding their breath and repeatedly chanting ‘kabaddi, kabaddi, kabaddi.’ And yes, that last one is real, we vow.

Beyond the Fringe

But the truth is, esports isn’t any longer a fringe ‘sport’ like some of the above. This is a spectator occasion that regularly fills arenas. Recent research revealed that esports is really as popular a viewing practice among American male millennials as basketball or […]