BREAKING: Esports Joins Breakdancing as a Medaled Sport at the 2022 Asian Games
Esports has been approved for inclusion as a medaled sport in the 19th annual Asian Games 2022 taking place in Hangzhou, China, Sept. 10 – 25.
On Wednesday, the 39th General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) was held in Muscat, the sultanate of Oman. During the meeting, it was announced that break dancing and esports were approved to be included in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.
According to the announcement, esports will join “intellectual titles” of the event alongside chess, and break dancing will be added as “dance sport.” Official game titles to be played during the event have not been disclosed as of this writing.
At the 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia, five games were included as demonstration titles: League of Legends, Arena of Valor, Pro Evolution Soccer 2018, StarCraft II, Hearthstone, and Clash Royale.
In addition, despite the fact that China won two gold medals during the 2018 Asian Games, representatives from the country were not available to broadcast the event due to a legal injunction from the Chinese government’s National Radio and Television Administration, which since 2005 has not allowed esports to be aired on state-run TV. As the 2022 Asian Games will be hosted in Hangzhou, the broadcasting injunction will likely be lifted.