League of Legends by Riot Games is one of the six titles which will be featured at the Asian Games Image: Flickr
The Asian Games 2018 to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, will mark a new era for gaming with an eSports event set to be part of Asia's biggest sporting event. And now we know the exact line-up of that games that will feature in Jakarta.
The Olympic Council of Asia has partnered with Alispirts, the eSports wing of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, to include eSports events to the 2018 and 2022 editions of the Asian Games. While it will be only a demonstration even in the 2018 edition, eSports will feature as a full medal sport in the 2022 edition to be held at Hangzhou, China.
The Asian eSports Federation (AeSF) has confirmed the six titles which will feature at the Asian Games 2018, set to begin on August 18. Here's the full list.
League of Legends ( Team 5 vs 5)
Hearthstone (1 vs 1)
Starcraft II ( 1vs 1)
Arena of Valor (4 vs 4)
Clash Royale(1vs 1)
Pro Evolution Soccer(1 vs 1)
While big names like League of Legends, Hearthstone, Starcraft and PES make the list, interestingly some of the biggest eSports titles in the world like Counter-Strike, Dota 2 and EA Sports' FIFA series don't. Tencent's Arena of Valor and Supercell's Clash Royale are the mobile games which make the list.
Indonesia will qualify for the event automatically as the host nation, while other teams will be determined through qualifiers which will be held from June 10 to 20. South East, South, Central and West Asia regions will be represented by one team each while three teams will be chosen from the East Asia region, which includes powerhouses such as South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau and Chinese Taipei.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is reportedly looking at gaming as an Olympic event, and the Asian Games will serve as the perfect test run for the big move.