The 2022 Asian Games will include e-sports events

Go ahead and keep mocking e-sports, but they are only getting bigger and more respectable as they keep creating tremendous piles of money. In addition to winning coveted spots on television and earning floor space in casinos, now e-sports are inching toward the Olympic stage, at least in Asia.

“The Olympic Council of Asia and Alisports of China today announced a strategic partnership to bring the Electronic Sports video game phenomenon to the official sports programme of the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China,” declares a press release from earlier this week. “E-Sports, which is enjoyed by millions of youngsters around Asia and the world, has already been added to the OCA’s 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, this September as a demonstration sport.”

Youngsters! Aww.

By 2022, “e-sports will become an official medal sport” at the Asian Games, which are reportedly the second largest sporting event in the world (right behind The Olympics). And in case you’re wondering, there appear to be no MMOs on the list for this year’s events; it’s just RTS titles, MOBAs, and FIFA 2017, which gets its own genre apparently.

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Robert Mann

Great, can we get a non-moba, non-fighter, non-fps game that will join? Something with action not in those groups would actually bring me a tiny amount of interest into e-sports. Those being it, and not really my thing, leaves me saying ‘whatever.’

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Cyclone Jack

“and FIFA 2017, which gets its own genre apparently.” Does that count? ;)

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Robert Mann

I suppose it is something else, at least. I’d rather watch that all in all, although still not exciting to me.

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KumiKaze

I’m all for this. However, I don’t think we will really ever see esports at the Olympics. There are a couple of issues. One, it’s too general of a sport. There isn’t one game being played, and the games will change throughout the years. Two, there isn’t an international governing body for esports. Also there would need to be so many countries that are a part of that governing body for it to be considered.

This could all change in the future however, so there is hope. Adding it to the Asian Games is definitely a step forward in bringing esports to more people.

Also I’m not a youngster, but I guess I am one at heart.

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Veldan

Of course there are no MMOs on the list. Besides perhaps WoW arenas, I can’t think of one that can be considered esports at all… MMOs generally avoid competitive PvP in favour of battlegrounds and zergfest, because heaven forbid you have to develop individual player skill to win.

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Giannis Papadopoulos

I would love an article about how e-sports on MMOs affect the regular player who have less to none interest for e-sports.

One thing that comes to my mind is “gameplay complexity”. In order to reward the skilled players there needs to be enough complexity to gameplay so the winner is determined from skill and not from luck.

I am sure theres more than just complexion, but i am too sleepy now to think of..

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camren_rooke

*mocks e-sports*

*sits in rocking chair on front porch*

*scowls*

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silverlock

Welp at least it will keep them off my damn lawn.

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