19th Asian Games 2023: ESFI Director, Lokesh Suji reacts on the Removal of Hearthstone as Contested Esports Title At Hangzhou Asian Games 2023
19th Asian Games 2023– Esports is going to make its debut at the Asian Games 2023 as a proper medal event, earlier…
19th Asian Games 2023– Esports is going to make its debut at the Asian Games 2023 as a proper medal event, earlier in 2018 it was there as a demonstration title. The Asian Games 2022, originally scheduled for September last year, will now t from September 23 to October 8, 2023. This multi-nation event will cement the industry mark into a mainstream sports scene.
The seven official events, and publishers, tbat will be present at the Asian Games are:
1. Arena of Valor Asian Games Version
2. Dota 2
3. Dream Three Kingdoms 2
4. EA SPORTS FIFA branded soccer games
5. League of Legends
6. PUBG Mobile Asian Games Version
7. Street Fighter V
Mr. Lokesh Suji, Director, Esports Federation of India & Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF) showed his disappointment on this announcement:
It is unfortunate to hear that Hearthstone will not be included in the upcoming Asian Games, especially because India’s first Esports medal at the tournament came in this very title in 2018 when Tirth Mehta clinched the bronze medal. That achievement holds a special place in our Esports community and we were hopeful that our talented athletes Shikhar Choudhary and Karthik Varma would be able to bring similar honour to the country by competing in this official medal sport.
Nonetheless, we respect the OCA’s decision and remain confident that our athletes will perform at the highest level in the other titles to make the country proud. We look forward to supporting them as they represent India in the prestigious tournament.