The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has revealed that the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games (10th – 25th of September 2022) will feature eight esports medal titles and two demonstration titles.
The eight games are:
- Arena of Valor Asian Games version
- Dota 2
- Dream Three Kingdoms 2
- EA Sports FIFA
- League of Legends
- PUBG Mobile Asian Games version
- Street Fighter V
The Asian Games version of Arena of Valor and PUBG Mobile could be the Chinese versions of these games, Honor of Kings and Peacekeeper Elite, respectively.
The two demonstration titles are AESF Robot Masters and AESF VR Sports, and both are supported by Chinese company Migu, a subsidiary of Chinese communication giant China Mobile.
The OCA also revealed that the Hong Kong-based Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) will be the technical delegate for the new discipline in the Asian Games. It will be responsible for the qualifiers, including the management and operations of the esports competition at the Asian Games 2022.
The Asian Games will mark the second time esports are being played as medal events in a multi-sport competition sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The first time happened at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines, where teams competed in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Arena of Valor, Dota 2, Starcraft II, Tekken 7, and Hearthstone. The Philippines earned the gold medal in Mobile Legends, Starcraft II, and Dota 2. Thailand took home the gold in Tekken 7 and Arena of Valor, while Malaysia came out on top in Hearthstone.