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Esports Included as Official Medal Event at 2022 Asian Games

mercredi, mars 11th, 2020

Esports Included as Official Medal Event at 2022 Asian Games

E-sports will be an official medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, Asia, because of a new strategic partnership between the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and Alisports, which will be owned by the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.

Alibaba chief Zhang Dazhong’s company has invested millions in esports and spent some time working using the OCA to have competitive movie gaming included in the Asian Games.

This means alongside the procession that is usual of, triathletes and ping-pong players will be a brand new variety of ‘cyber-athlete’ furiously beating their joy-pads as they vie for gold in League of Legends, Dota 2 and Fifa.

The Asian games is definitely fertile ground for tinkering with more unconventional events. Throughout the years, there have, for instance, been medals for contests in body-building, bridge and board games.

There was additionally one thing called ‘dancesport,’ as well as the popular southern game that is indian of,’ in which participants make an effort to run past their opponents while holding their breath and over repeatedly chanting ‘kabaddi, kabaddi, kabaddi.’ And yes, that last one is real, we vow.

Beyond the Fringe

But the truth is, esports is no longer a fringe ‘sport’ like a few of the above. It is a spectator event that regularly fills arenas. Recent research revealed that esports is really as popular a viewing habit among American male millennials as hockey or (suite…)