Esports has become more and more mainstream in the last couple of years, and it’s only a matter of time before it gets the recognition that is deserves, which seems to be getting one step closer.
The Olympic Council of Asia announced that they have signed a partnership deal with Alisport, a subsidiary of Alibaba, a Chinese online retailer, to bring Esports to the Asian Games in 2022. HE, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, President of the OCA said the following in a statement:
[quote] The Olympic Council of Asia has constantly been committed to the heritage, development and improvement of Asian sports, and we are extremely pleased about the strategic partnership with Alisports. We look forward to further collaboration with Alisports in regards to digital sports concepts along with sporting events. We are sure that the extensive organising capabilities of Alisports, and their experience in e-sports, will assist the OCA in developing all sports. [/quote]
Esports will already be featured at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, but will only be a demonstration sport. Competitors at the 2022 event in China will actually be competing for medal. So who knows, we might see it at the Olympics in a couple of years.