Esports Will be a Medal Sport at 2021 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games


Esports Will be a Medal Sport at 2021 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games
  • Esports is earning more recognition from the international community. Esports will be featured at 2021 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.

Esports is an evolving industry. There are many supporters in this field as well as people who dislike it. However, things are improving for esports every day and there are no strides being taken. Even though the Coronavirus affected the gaming industry, and several esports tournaments are canceled, the majority of the gamers are staying indoors and still competing in their respected leagues. For example, the Call of Duty League canceled their next home series event in Dallas, however, they will continue competition through online play only.

Esports tournaments will be streamed live and this is an advantage over traditional sports since the NHL, NBA and most of the other leagues around the world are canceled as a result. Should esports be in the Olympic’s is one of the most interesting questions. The majority of people are against it. But there is some good news also. The 2021 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games will feature esports games as a medal sport.

2021 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Esports
Spurce: Asian Electronic Sports Federation- aesf.com

AESF, TESF and Olympic Committee of Thailand in Talks

Currently, we do not have have the details of this agreement but we do know that the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, Thailand Electronic Sports Federation, and the Olympic Committee of Thailand had a meeting regarding the decision. This is a very important step for esports. Of course, not many people will follow the games but even in South East Asia esports is gaining recognition now. In 2017 the event also had esports but it was not a medal earning sport but was more of a demonstration used to promote the games.  We are expecting more and more recognition for the esports in the future.

Of course, there are several different games that might be selected to feature in the upcoming games. We are expecting Dota 2 and Street Fighter. We all know that the Olympics need esports more than the esports needs the Olympics since even the last League of Legends finals were watched more than the American Superbowl event. We are sure that we will have more esports related news and more inclusions in the future.

**Featured image source: Asian Electronic Sports Federation


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