The 19th Asian Games, to be held in Hangzhou, China, opened the door to esports by recognizing it as a full-fledged medal event.
This groundbreaking decision Held three months after the first Olympic Esports Series, it cemented esports’ status as a legitimate and formidable force in the world of sports.
As seven gaming titles prepare to take the stage, the community is exploring the significance of the move, the key players to watch, and how fans around the world can witness this historic moment.
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According to gaming experts, the journey towards esports becoming an official medal event at the Asian Games has been remarkable. According to Olympic.com, the Olympic Council of Asia took a decisive step in his 2017, giving esports full medal status.
This recognition follows the emergence of esports as a demonstration event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia. Esports made its name at the Asian Indoor Games from 2007 to 2013. 2017 Demonstration Event.
Additionally, the 2022 Commonwealth Esports Championship showcased its capabilities alongside the Commonwealth Games. This rich history has paved the way for esports to become one of the most anticipated and popular events at the Asian Games.
star players and rising stars
One of the most exciting aspects of esports is the display of talent. At League of Legends events, South Korea’s T1 eSports team boasts the presence of the legendary Lee “Faker” Sanghyeok. Faker is one of 16 South Korean esports athletes aiming to win a gold medal that will exempt them from compulsory military service in South Korea.
The Street Fighter V tournament is set to captivate the audience with Thailand’s Sam “MindRPG” Homchuen, winner of the Street Fighter VI Exhibition tournament at the Olympic esports series held in Singapore.
As the competition progresses, esports enthusiasts will see new stars emerge and established champions continue to shine.
League of Legends leaves for Hangzhou
India is fielding a star-studded League of Legends squad led by captain Akshaj Shenoy to take part in Hangzhou. The top seed in Central and South Asia, the team earned its place through dedication and hard work, winning the National eSports Championships (NESC) finals.
The Esports Federation of India (ESFI) is reportedly supporting the team’s journey and partnering with FITGMR Inc. to provide top quality coaching and performance training.
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The League of Legends competition will feature 19 teams competing for historic medals in the tournament. The matches leading up to the final will be played in a best-of-three format, and the gold and bronze medal matches will be played in a best-of-five format.
According to the captain, India’s League of Legends team, full of talent and determination, aims to make the country proud on this grand international stage.
South Korea, a traditional powerhouse in esports, plans to send the largest Asian Games delegation in history, consisting of 867 athletes, to Hangzhou in 2023.
This reflects South Korea’s commitment to maintaining its dominant position in esports. The Korean Sports and Olympic Committee is aiming for at least 45 gold medals and a top three place in the medal standings.
South Korean athletes are enthusiastic about the challenges ahead, and the country is determined to once again shine on the international esports stage.
Double Olympic team fencing champion Koo Bong-gil and 2018 Asian Games gold medalist Kim So-young were selected as South Korean flag bearers at the opening ceremony. Mr. Koo’s role in the Continental Games and Olympic Games reflects his extraordinary accomplishments and dedication to representing his country.