The 19th Asian Games Hangzhou Esports Events And Mechanism

The 19th Asian Games will feature eight esports events: Dota 2, Hearthstone, League of Legends, PUBG Mobile, StarCraft II, Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, and Arena of Valor. Medals will be awarded to the top three teams in each event. The competition will be held from September 22 to October 8, 2023.

As the sole Esports governing body in Asia and the Technical Delegate of the Esports Program at the 19th Asian Games Hang, the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) is pleased to introduce the official events and the competition mechanism for the Esports Program at the Games. Esports is going to make its debut at the Asian Games 2023 as a proper medal event, earlier in 2018 it was there as a demonstration title. 

The Asian Games 2022, initially scheduled for September last year, will now be held from September 23 to October 8, 2023. This multi-nation event will cement the industry mark into a mainstream sports scene.

The seven official events, and publishers, are:

  • Arena of Valor Asian Games Version

  • PUBG Mobile Asian Games Version

  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition

India will be participating in four of the seven titles: DOTA 2, FIFA Online 4, League of Legends, and Street Fighter V: Champion Edition.

The 15-member Indian contingent is as follows:

FIFA Online 4 – Charanjot Singh and Karman Singh Tikka

Street Fighter V: Champion Edition – Mayank Prajapati and Ayan Biswas

League of Legends – Akshaj Shenoy (captain), Samarth Arvind Trivedi, Mihir Ranjan, Aditya Selvaraj, Aakash Shandilya, and Sanindhya Malik

DOTA 2 – Darshan (captain), Krish, Abhishek, Ketan, and Shubham

Hearthstone, which was originally a part of the Asian Games, but the title was removed from the Asian Games Esports program in March.  Moreover, while titles including Arena of Valor and PUBG Mobile Asian Games Version are banned in India, the title Dream Three Kingdoms 2 is not available in the country.

Mr. Lokesh Suji, Director, Esports Federation of India & Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF):

“The days we once dreamt of for Indian Esports are now finally here. The range of titles at the Asian Games will not only showcase the diversity of Esports but will also display different aspects of skill, strategy, and teamwork from the athletes to offer an all-around experience for the viewers. Esports taking center stage at the Asian Games is the dawn of a new era for competitive gaming and we urge the entire country to witness it. Our talented athletes are fully prepared to triumph in this life-changing championship, turning their dreams into reality.”

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