LoL, Hearthstone, Starcraft 2, PES, Clash Royale and Arena of Valor will be Olympic Sports at the Asia Games
- Those six games will all feature as demonstration sports at this year’s event
- Esports involvement in the Olympics will be discussed at an IOC Summit in July
- A total of 45 nations will take part in qualifiers in June for this year’s Asia Games
The International Olympic Committee will meet in July to further discuss the inclusion of esports but we will see video games as an Olympic sport this year.
The 2018 Asia Games, the second-largest multi-sport event in the world, will include multiple video games as demonstration sports this year before they become full-medal sports at the 2022 edition of the competition.
This year’s games will include six esports titles: League of Legends, Hearthstone, Starcraft 2, Clash Royale and Arena of Valor according to the Esports Observer.
Six esport titles including League of Legends will be demonstration sports at the Asia Games
LoL is undoubtedly the biggest name on this list with last year’s world championships (pictured above) attracting thousands of fans to Beijing’s National Stadium, the same venue that was used for the 2008 Olympics.
And it’s inclusion becomes even more interesting when you consider the International Olympic Committee’s hard stance on no ‘violent or graphic’ games. LoL is cartoon-like style and doesn’t feature any gore but it does feature ‘killing’ and violence.
It’s an encouraging sign as esports’ inclusion in the Olympics needs to have the top titles in order for it to be worthwhile. However, it’s still unlikely we’ll see the teams of terrorists and anti-terrorists of CS:GO at the Asia Games or as demonstration sports at the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Speaking to DOT Esports, Riot Games Co-head of esports Jarred Kennedy said: ‘We’re honored that LoL was selected for the Asian Games, Representing one’s country at the Olympics is a dream for athletes around the world, and with this step, that dream is one step closer to reality for the best in our sport.
‘We admire and respect the values of the Olympic movement and look forward to supporting the Olympic Council of Asia in making this competition a success.’
The Asia games will have 45 nations competing in qualifiers for the tournament, with the top eight advancing. Each will be able to send a team to compete but whittling down their huge number of players into one team for each game will be incredibly difficult.
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