So, if you’re a fan of eSports you will have seen the news drop this morning that eSports is going to the 2022 Olympics… But is this true?
NO, eSports Will NOT Be Going To The Olympics!
Huh? yeah, you read that right. eSports is not going to the Olympics… just like when basketball made it to the Olympics what did the news report? “Sports are going to the Olympics”? NOPE! I dont know why eSports is any different but It just does not make sense for us to say eSports will be included when we only mean a few titles, so ESi is here to clear things up!
So Which Game(s) Will Be At the 2022 Olympics?
First of all, the chosen game titles 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.
eSports will first be shown at the upcoming Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. And so far FIFA is the only game confirmed to appear, but the event is said to also include a multiplayer online battle arena game (MOBA) which could mean we see League of Legends or even Dota 2 and a real-time strategy game such as StarCraft II. As of yet there has been no information to suggest the inclusion of a FPS such as CS:GO gracing the Olympics… Time will tell though!
What Are The Asian Games?
The Asian Games are a multi-sport competition, second only to the Olympics in terms of size with over 10k athletes participating at the last Games in 2014. The inclusion of eSports in the Asian Games serves as a preliminary testing ground for their possible inclusion in the Olympics.
There are only two questions left to answer… Should eSports be included in the games? And if so, which game titles should make the cut?