Hangzhou Asian Games keywords in 2021: E-sports
The eight medal e-sports events of the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022. [Photo/VCG]
E-sports was listed one of the top 10 keywords in 2021 by the organizing committee of the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022.
On Nov 5, 2021, the Olympic Council of Asia announced the eight medal e-sports events: Arena of Valor Asian Games Version, Dota 2, Dream Three Kingdoms 2, EA SPORTS FIFA branded soccer games, HearthStone, League of Legends, PUBG Mobile Asian Games Version, and Street Fighter V.
"Adding these events will result in more young people watching and enjoying the Asian Games, further enhance the overall influence of the Games and attract more people to take part in sports," said Zhu Qinan, director of the competition department of the Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 Organizing Committee.
Esports was included in the Asian Games for the first time as a demonstration sport at the 2018 edition in Jakarta, Indonesia, with China winning two gold medals and a silver medal.
The China Hangzhou Esports Center is under construction. Medals for eight e-sports competitions at the 19th Asian Games will be given out here. [Photo/zjol.com.cn]
Tian Ye (Game ID: Meiko), who plays for EDward Gaming, or EDG, said, "If selected, I hope to compete at the Asian Games once again."
The 23-year-old was on the team that won the League of Legends 2021 World Championship this month and was a member of China's gold medal-winning League of Legends team in Jakarta.
To date, the General Administration of Sport of China has not announced its plan on organizing China's national e-sports team at Hangzhou 2022.
EDG beats defending champion Damwon KIA (DK) from South Korea 3-2 in the League of Legends 2021 World Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland, Nov 7, 2021. [Photo/Official Sina Weibo account of EDward Gaming]