The Asian Esports Federation chose the games that would be
Riot Games issued a statement (via Dot Esports) regarding League of Legends being included in this year’s Asian Games.
“We're honored that League of Legends was selected for the Asian Games," said Jarred Kennedy, co-head of esports at Riot Games. "Representing one's country at the Olympics is a dream for athletes around the world, and with this step, that dream is one step closer to reality for the best in our sport. We admire and respect the values of the Olympic movement and look forward to supporting the Olympic Council of Asia in making this competition a success.”
Riot also added that it would be working with the Olympic Council of Asia as well as the nations included in the Asian Games to set up the tournament and structure the way that the teams will be chosen for the competition. The regional qualifiers will take place in June for all 45 countries that are participating. Indonesia, the host country for the 2018 Asian Games, will receive a guaranteed spot I the main competition while South Asia, Central Asia, and West Asia will all boast one team while the
While the announcement of the games that are featured in the competition is new, the news that esports titles would be featured in the Asian Games is not. Last year, it was announced that esports would be coming to the 2018 Asian Games as well as the next Asian Games taking place four years later in 2022. It’s hard to imagine that the competitive games like League of Legends and Starcraft II wouldn’t be included, though
The 2018 Asian Games will take place in Indonesia from August 18 to Sept. 2.