eSports has been approved for inclusion in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, the Olympic Council of Asia announced.
eSports was introduced to Asian Games for the first time in Jakarta in 2018, but it was only a demonstration sport back then. Six video games – League of Legends, Arena of Valor, Pro Evolution of Soccer 2018, StarCraft II, Hearthstone and Clash Royale – were played.
This time, it has become an official event, meaning gaming has been recognized as a sport in a top continental multi-sport event like the Asian Games. Medals won in the competitions will count for the athletes’ country on the medal 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 Oman. The council approved the proposal, categorizing eSports and break dance as mind sport and dancesport, respectively.