The 2022 Asian Games, also known as XIX Asiad, will be a multi-sport event celebrated in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China from 10 to 25 September 2022. Hangzhou will be the third Chinese city to host the Asian Games, after Beijing in 1990 and Guangzhou in 2010. 
Location : Hangzhou
Dates: Sat, 10 Sept, 2022 – Sun, 25 Sept, 2022
Motto: Heart to Heart, @Future
Opening ceremony: 10 September
Main venue: Hangzhou Sports Park
Torch lighter: TBA

Esports at the 2022 Asian Games


Esports will be one of the 37 sports to be played at the 2022 Asian Games to be held in Hangzhou, China from 10 to 25 September 2022.This will be first occasion where Esports will be an official medal event at Asian Games and the third time in a Multi-sport event with last being in 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines and 2021 Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam. At the 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia, five games were included as demonstration titles.In 2022, there will be total of 8 medal events and 2 demonstration events.

Esports were featured at the 2018 Asian Games as a demonstration sport, thus medals won in the sport would not be counted in the official overall medal tally. With the 2022 Asian Games, a total of 8 medal event in esports and 2 demonstration events in robotics and VR. Esports will be in the intellectual titles category.

According to the OCA, contested games include:

FIFA 2017, MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) and RTA (Real Time Attack) gaming types

AliSports, the sports arm of Chinese multinational technology company, Alibaba Group, has partnered with the Olympic Council of Asia to bring esports to the Asian Games.


Medal Events

  • PUBG Mobile (Asian Games version)
  • Dota 2
  • Hearthstone
  • League of Legends
  • FIFA Online 4
  • Street Fighter V
  • Arena of Valor (Asian Games version)
  • Dream of the Three Kingdoms 2

Demonstration Events

  • AESF Robot Masters
  • AESF VR Sports

Asian Games 2022: Process to select Indian esports team announced

The Indian esports athletes will compete in multiple tournaments in March and April to decide who represents India at the Asian Games in September.

The Esports Federation of India (ESFI) has revealed the players’ selection procedure for gaming titles at the Asian Games 2022 in Hangzhou, China.

Esports will be making a debut at the Asian Games, with medals being awarded in eight games.

The Indian esports team for Asian Games 2022 will be selected through the Road to Asian Games (RDAG) program, starting with the pan-India open qualifiers in the first week of March.

All qualified players and teams will then progress to the playoffs stage from March 20 onwards. The list will be narrowed down in further rounds and the final names of esports athletes representing India at the Asian Games 2022 will be confirmed on April 10.

Later, the national teams of all countries will compete in the RDAG Regionals between April and July to determine their seeding at the upcoming Games in September.

Post selection, the ESFI plans to prepare the Indian esports athletes for the continental showpiece by providing mental and physical training, along with coaching, to all players who made the cut.

Esports was a demonstration event at the 2018 Asian Games where India’s Tirth Mehta won a bronze medal in Hearthstone. FIFA gamer Ankur Dhiwakar also competed at the quadrennial showpiece.

The Commonwealth esports championships will also be played later this year alongside the Commonwealth Games 2022.

ESFI Launch Programme to Select Indian Esports Team for Asian Games

The Esports Federation of India (ESFI) on Monday launched the ‘Road to Asian Games’ programme in partnership with multiplex chain INOX to select the Indian team for the event in September.

The programme, which will run from March 20 till April 10, was launched ESFI’s partnership announcement with INOX Leisure Ltd. The Indian team will be finalised during this period through multiple competitive tournaments.

Esport will make its debut as a medal event in the Asian Games for the first time in Hangzou, China, later this year.

Online training will be provided by reputed coaches of International Esports Federation (IESF) and Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) during the programme..

It will be helpful for the likes of Tirath Mehta, who won a bronze medal in Hearthstone at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta when Esports was a demonstration event. Mehta would be eyeing a podium finish in the Hangzhou Games to be held from September 10 to 25).

INOX Leisure Ltd and ESFI have joined hands to coach and train the Indian team as well as promote Esports across the country.

“With the introduction of Esports as a medal event in 2022 Asian Games and demonstrative event at Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, it is overwhelming to see how corporates are now coming forward and supporting Esports,” Mehta said.

“As a player, such backing gives us a sense of assurance that the ecosystem will continue to strengthen and we as a Esports players will be benefiting from such associations.”

The programme aims to take Esports to masses using INOX cinemas as venues for tournaments, streaming of live competitions, provide training opportunities and offer a talent scouting platform for future global events.

“We are thrilled to bring the action of Esports to the cinemas of INOX in collaboration with Esports Federation of India,” INOX Leisure Limited CEO Alok Tandon said.


“We believe, this will help us popularize Esports at a much faster pace in our country. With Esports gaining global significance, there cannot be a better time for us to fulfil this responsibility.

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