Earlier this year, the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) announced their Road to Asian Games 2022 program which is a series of qualifiers and tournaments that culminate in the Asian Games final, which will be held in Hangzhou next year. At that time of writing, it wasn't confirmed which titles we'll be seeing but as of this evening, the list of games that will be played have been confirmed:
These titles were selected following the selection criteria that adhered to the requirements, including Olympic Values, set by AESF and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). It wasn't explicitly mentioned what the criteria was but they mentioned that popularity, license, and title contents were factors in the decision. Looking at the list, it doesn't seem like anything major was left out (except Mobile Legends: Bang Bang which isn't available in China). Regardless, it should be interesting to see how the various Asian countries stack up against each other in the upcoming regional tournament.
To promote technology-based esports in the future, AESF Robot Masters and AESF VR Sports will also be demonstrated at the tournament to highlight the importance and opportunities presented by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education and Virtual Reality.
No details on the qualifying events have been released just yet, but seeing how it's a year away, there should be plenty of time for players and teams to prepare themselves. The 19th Asian Games will be held on 10-22 September 2022, so stay tuned for more news and coverage from eGG Network.
While we're still ways to go to having esports as an official event at the Olympics, it looks like we're another step closer. The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) announced today the introduction of its new program, "Road to Asian Games" for the upcoming 2022 Asian Games, which will be held in Hangzhou, China.
Road to Asian Games will be an official qualifier program and competition of esports that will culminate in the Asian Games final. While the titles for the program haven't been announced at this point in time, you can expect the details to be released soon since Hangzhou 2022 is only a year away.
The campaign is also set to be a staple for upcoming Asian games as the announcement mentioned that we will be seeing it return for Nagoya 2026, Doha 2030, and beyond. It will also extend beyond the medal at the Asian Games - AESF plans to introduce the Olympic Spirit to esports though educational and inclusion programs, developing the grassroots scene, providing health and wellbeing support, as well as rights and protection for athletes both in Asia and globally.
This news means that esports teams and organizations will have a clear path to take if they are interested in competing for national pride at the upcoming Asian Games. AESF were the folks responsible for esports at the 2019 SEA Games (and the upcoming 2021 SEA Games) so this initiative should be in pretty good hands. Hopefully, we'll see a lot more different titles for the future events.
If you're keen on watching the full announcement, the ceremony which was held online can be viewed below. What games do you think will be at Hangzhou 2022? Stay tuned to eGG Network for all the latest news and updates on esports.