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.