Hong Kong, China, September 1, 2021: The Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) believes the partnership with the Olympic Council of Asia can pave the way for the future of esports in Asia and the world.
In an interview with the AESF quarterly newsletter, AESF President Kenneth Fok says the inclusion of esports in two OCA events in 2022 will serve as a catalyst for major development.
The two events in question are the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG), due to take place in Bangkok and Chonburi province in March 2022, and the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China in September 2022.
Fok stated: “The Asian Games presents us with an unparalleled opportunity, not only to show the world how esports can be a part of Olympic events and contribute to the Olympic programs, but also it is a chance to propel esports to new heights on par with other global, traditional sports such as football and basketball.
“As Technical Delegate at the Asian Games, the AESF will be in charge of all esports-related events which includes coordinating regional qualifying rounds and the on-ground operations come tournament day.
“We will be working very closely with the OCA, Local Organising Committee, National Olympic Committees, participating Member Associations and selected game title publishers with the sole aim of making the inaugural inclusion of esports as a medal event at the Asian Games a truly memorable and historical one.”
Fok added: “We are approaching a very big milestone for esports. I encourage all athletes, teams, fans and partners to enjoy this moment to the fullest.
“What will happen in the next several months will pave the way for the future of esports not only in Asia but around the world.”