The ultimate dream of every athlete is to win a medal for his or her country at the Olympics, Asian games or at international sports events. Many sports are still trying to lobby with the International Olympic Association to get that particular sport included in the Olympics. But with the world going digital, here is some interesting news for E-gamers.
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has announced that e-sports will be officially included as a medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games, to be held in Hangzhou, China.
Their official inclusion will come after demonstration events to be held at this September’s Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, as well as the upcoming Asian Games, taking place in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2018. It is being said that players would be competing in Multiplayer Online battle Arena and Real-time attack games.
While the Asian Games might not offer the prize money of some of the existing pro gaming tournaments, the inclusion indicates that in the eyes of the general public, e-sports could be coming closer to parity with traditional sports. Asian games are only second behind the Olympics in the number of athletes involved. The E-gaming market in India is growing steadily and E-gamers will not get an opportunity to bring laurels for the country by competing with the best in Asia.