E-Sports has already been added as a demonstration sport at the OCA's 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Ashgabat in Turkmenistan, scheduled to take place this September.
As per reports in The Guardian and the BBC, the Olympic Council of Asia said it wanted to 'reflect "the rapid development and popularity of this new form of sports participation'".
The road to the Olympics is a long and winding process with obstacles ranging from the filing of petitions to being recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) standing in the way. The video games that will feature in the Hangzhou Games have not been decided yet.
Now, theOlympic Council of Asia has announced plans to introduce E-sports to the 2022 Asian Game's official program in China as a "demonstration sport".
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"We look forward to further collaboration with Alisports on digital sports concepts along with sporting events", said Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah, president, OCA. The only game to be mentioned by name in the announcement was Federation Internationale de Football Association 17, but MOBA and "Real Time Attack" games will also be played at these events. At the same time, Alisports will actively participate in working with the OCA to continue market development for every sports event at the games.
Over 40 countries and nearly 10,000 athletes took part in the 2014 Games in Incheon, South Korea.
A series of online qualification rounds in four e-sports will be held at national and then regional level by the six regions: West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, South East Asia, East Asia and Oceania. The only question left now is the kind of games the OCA plans in bringing to the 2022 Asian games.
Alibaba previous year made a close to $150 million investment in the global e-Sports Federation and has promoted e-sport by organising a worldwide tournament with a more than $5.5 million prize pool among other initiatives, writes China Daily. Last year, its sports-centered arm Alisports invested $150 million into esports.