Competitive video games will become a medal sport for the first time ever at the 2022 Asian Games, the Olympic Council of Asia announced. They will appear as a demonstration event at the 2018 edition of the next Asian Games, held in Indonesia, as part of the run-up to esports official inclusion as a medal sport in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Video gaming will be featured as a full sport at the 2022 Asian Games, with competitors in electronic sports set to receive medals for their digital prowess.
They run every four years and bring together the top athletes across 45 different Asian countries to compete in a variety competitions. The Asian Games in 2022 will be the first time esports competitors can receive medals at an officially recognized Olympic event. Esports will also be featured in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia as a demonstration sport (AKA no medals) and the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in September. The specific video games that will be a part of the next two Asian Games have not been announced, however the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will feature Fifa 2017, MOBA games (like League of Legends or Dota 2), and “real-time action” games (like StarCraft or Civilization).