The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and Alisports of China announced today that eSports will become an official medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games in China and for the proceeding future. With the Asian Games being the world’s second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics—this marks a step up on how games are impacting the Sports world.

As for which games would be featured at the 2022 Asian Games that’s still left up in the air. This could range from countless different titles from different consoles and PC. The clear choices of games on their official list would range from games like; League of Legends, StarCraft, Possibly Overwatch, Sports Game, CSGO, DOTA 2, Rainbow Six and many others—and let’s not forget games launching in between now and 2022.

eSports will also be running as a demonstration sport at next year’s 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. News of this does spark lots of debate from those who see eSport as a none competitive or physical sport to be demonstrated at any Games. However, for gamers around the world and the community in general—this is a win on how the future of gaming is progressing and can be much more than a use for entertainment.

OCA President; Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah recently stated the following in regards to their newly formed partnership with one of eSports largest supporter—Alisports:

“We look forward to further collaboration with Alisports in regards to digital sports concepts along with sporting events. We are sure that the extensive organising capabilities of Alisports, and their experience in e-sports, will assist the OCA in developing all sports.”

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