Asian Games Esports 2022 event was scheduled between 10-25 September 2022. But it seems like the first Asian Games featuring esports may get postponed.
According to a report published on April 21 by Barrons, the 2022 Asian Games may be postponed to 2023.
The announcement comes as the host city of the Games, Hangzhou, and China’s largest city, Shanghai, face continuous lockdowns that would make the games impossible to host.
Mr Husain Al-Musallam is the director-general of the Olympic Council of Asia. He said that although the committee has not taken a decision, there are chances of postponing the event.
Chinese organisers have completed all Games venues, stating that they will provide a quarantine plan similar to that used for the 2021 Winter Olympics to ensure the safety of all participants.
Asian Games Esports :
Esports was about to make its debut at the 2022 Asian Games, as a medal event. The Olympic Council selected some of the popular mobile and PC games for the event.
For the event, the national qualifiers have already started in India as well as other countries.
The event will feature the following games –
- Arena of Valor
- DOTA 2
- Dream Three Kingdom 2
- League of Legends
- PUBG Mobile
- Street Fighter 5
If the Olympic Council decides to postpone Asian Games, then they will organise it in 2023.
With this, countries will get more time to form their national teams for the event. They may change the schedule and format for player selection. Also, the players will get more time to prepare for such a prestigious event.
In conclusion, it seems like there are high chances of postponing Asian Games Esports. The Covid conditions in China are getting severe once again. To avoid the pandemic spread, the country can not host any events.