Major esports titles miss out for Asian Games debut

The Asian eSports Federation (AeSF) has named the titles that will contest esports’ first introduction at a major multi-sport event, with a number of leading games not making the cut for this year’s Asian Games.

Esports will feature as a demonstration event at the 2018 Asian Games, which takes place in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, from August 18 to September 2. The AeSF has decided that the following titles will be showcased in Indonesia:

League of Legends (Team 5 vs 5)
Hearthstone (1 vs 1)
Starcraft II (1 vs 1)
Arena of Valor (4 vs 4)
Clash Royale (1vs 1)
Pro Evolution Soccer (1 vs 1)

This list means that some of the world’s biggest esports titles, including Counter-Strike, Dota 2 and EA Sports’ Fifa series, will be missing. Gaming website IGN also notes the omission of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, the most played multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) mobile game in Indonesia.

Indonesia will qualify for the event automatically as the host nation, while other teams will be established through qualifiers which will be held from June 10-20.

In April 2017, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) entered into a strategic partnership with the Alisports division of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba that will lead to esports featuring as a medal competition at the 2022 edition of the Asian Games in Hangzhou.

Esports also featured at the OCA’s 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG), which were held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, last September, as a demonstration sport.

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