Esports Shines at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou


4 October 2023, Hangzhou, China – The Esports event, which made its official medal sport debut at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, came to an impressive conclusion on October 2, 2023, with the DOTA 2 finals between Team China and Team Mongolia. A total of 30 participating National Olympic Committees (NOCs) with 473 athletes showed strong support, competing for 21 medals across 219 matches spanning various categories. The event featured seven game titles, starting with EA FC Online, followed by Arena of Valor Asian Games Version, League of Legends, Street Fighter V: Champion Edition, Dream Three Kingdoms 2, Peace Elite Asian Games Version, and DOTA 2.


The People's Republic of China secured the most medals, totalling five, with four of them being gold medals. They were closely followed by the Republic of Korea and Thailand.


Throughout the event, the Esports Center welcomed officials from other sports organizations such as the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball, International Shooting Sport Federation, OCA Officials, NOCs Officials from various countries, and the Aichi-Nagoya Asian Games Organizing Committee (AINAGOC) for the 2026 Asian Games. They came to observe the Esports event at the 19th Asian Games.

The Esports event at the 19th Asian Games received unwavering support from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the Hangzhou Asian Games Olympic Committee (HAGOC), and the General Administration of Sport of China, along with the participating National Olympic Committees (NOCs). The OCA congratulated the success of Esports at the 19th Asian Games, citing it as an exemplary achievement, and expressed anticipation for even greater success in the upcoming 20thAsian Games in Aichi-Nagoya in 2026.


Concurrently, AESF successfully hosted its 3rd Executive Board Meeting and 1st AESF Grand Meeting in Hangzhou, coinciding with the 19th Asian Games. The OCA extended its full support to the decisions made by the AESF Executive Board Members during the meeting. The OCA expressed its hope that AESF, under the leadership of President Kenneth Fok and the Executive Board Members, would continue to advance the Esports journey and its banner, aiming for greater heights.

Looking ahead, Esports will continue its journey at the Asian Indoors and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Thailand in 2024, followed by the 20th Asian Games in Aichi-Nagoya in 2026.

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