The Olympic Council of China and Alisports of China have stated they are partnering to introduce esports to the official program of the 2022 Asian Games, which means those who compete will have a chance at winning official Olympic medals.
Esports will premiere in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia as a “demonstration sport” before it makes its official debut as an event in the 19th Asian Games.
“The rapid development and popularity of this new form of sports participation among the youth.” – The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA)
The ever-growing esports industry is estimated to include a total of 191 million people by the end of 2017 (CNET), and be worth $1 billion dollars as an industry by the end of 2019.
Alisports isn’t new to esports and “was established in 2015 as the Alibaba Sports Group by the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group”. They have invested $150 million USD to the International Esports Association, and organized the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) tournament that featured a variety of popular competitive games, such as CS:GO, Starcraft II, and Hearthstone.
In 2022, esports will be on a platform that would have never been thought of a few years ago.
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