Esports to be part of the upcoming 2018 Asian Games
The first major push for “Esports in the Olympics” will be made next year in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Alisports, the sporting division of the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, and its CEO Jack Ma, will try to achieve new heights for Esports once again as, in association with the Olympic Council of Asia, the group brings competitive gaming to the 2018 Asian Games.
To be held in Jakarta, and Palembang, Indonesia, this 2018 will see the 18th iteration of the Asian Games, a pancontinental sporting event, also dubbed as the “Olympics of Asia” which roots can be traced back to 1951, and will perhaps be the first major multinational sporting event to incorporate Esports. Apart from the 2018 Asian Games, Alisports and the Olympic Council of Asia has also finalized a deal of bringing competitive gaming to the 19th installment of the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China this coming 2022.
Although there is no official info yet regarding the actual list of games to be incorporated, it is possible that titles such as Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Hearthstone will be on the priority list as these 3 games were present in Alibaba’s World Electronic Sports Games held last year, a tournament which was described as the “World Cup of Esports” as it invites participants by country rather than the regional or multinational-organised teams that are commonly present in other premiere Esports events.
The 2018 Asian Games will be held in Jakarta, and Palembang, Indonesia on August 18, 2018, to September 2, 2018, and will definitely become the actual testing ground regarding the feasibility of Esports titles in the Olympics.