The Olympic Council of Asia announced Monday night that esports will be an official medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games in China, which means esports are one step closer to being featured in the Olympic Games.
The Asian Games are essentially the Asian version of the Olympic Games and are officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). They run every four years and bring together the top athletes across 45 different Asian countries to compete in a variety competitions. The Asian Games in 2022 will be the first time esports competitors can receive medals at an officially recognized Olympic event.
Esports’ inclusion in the 2022 Asian Games was ushered in by a partnership with Alisports, the sports division of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.
Esports will also be featured in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia as a demonstration sport (AKA no medals) and the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in September.
The specific video games that will be a part of the next two Asian Games have not been announced, however the…