A photo taken on July 26, 2022 shows the SPARK Global E-sports Conference hall in Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang Province. (Photo courtesy of Tencent)
The Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games introduce more Chinese cultural elements in esports.
HANGZHOU, July 28 (Xinhua) — While esports is expected to make its first appearance as a medal event at the Asian Games Hangzhou 2022, Chinese cultural elements will be included in the Asian Games Arena of Valor version, confirmed Tencent Games.
Under the guidance of the Hangzhou 2022 Organizing Committee and local authorities, the Arena of Valor Asian Games version will incorporate scenic spots, landscapes and cultural relics of the host city of Hangzhou, as well as other elements of the Asian Games, according to Zhang Yijia, general manager of Tencent’s Timi Esports Center.
“We hope that through e-sports, more and more people in Asia and around the world can experience the glamor of Hangzhou,” Zhang said.
The inaugural Road to the Asian Games tournament, organized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF), will be held as a qualifier for Hangzhou 2022.
Eight e-sports medal games in Hangzhou, namely FIFA Online 4, PUBG Mobile Asian Games Version, Arena of Valor Asian Games Version, Dota 2, League of Legends, Dream Three Kingdoms 2, HearthStone and Street Fighter V will be contested at the Road to Asian Games 2022 tournament, after which the Asian rankings for each event will be decided.
As Tencent Games Vice President Hou Miao showcased during the road to the 2022 Asian Games, the Chinese tech giant will help organizers showcase the visual landscape of 45 Asian countries and regions, including mountain Fuji in Japan and the twin towers in Malaysia.
“Whether it’s the number of spectators, the scale of the events held or any other aspect, Asian esports is taking the lead in the world,” said OCA Asian Games and Sports Department Director Haider AHE. Farman, in his video speaking to the SPARK Global E.-Sports Leaders Conference here on Tuesday.
“We are thrilled to see esports making its debut as an official medal sport at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. This will take esports to a whole new level in the Asian continent and inject new energy into the whole thing. Asian Games event.”
The OCA announced earlier this month that the postponed 19th Asian Games would be held from September 23 to October 8, 2023. ■