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Hangzhou, China, 4th August 2023 — The atmosphere is electrifying as the highly-anticipated Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games approaches, ready to unfold its excitement in Hangzhou, the enchanting city in east China’s Zhejiang province. The Games are scheduled to captivate spectators from September 23rd to October 8th this year, and there’s something groundbreaking in store for the youth – Esports is stepping into the limelight as a medal event for the very first time in the history of the Asian Games.

With Esports taking center stage, seven thrilling events await gamers from across the globe, encompassing the Arena of Valor Asian Games Version, Game for Peace Asian Games Version, League of Legends, Dota 2, Dream Three Kingdoms 2, FIFA Online 4, and Street Fighter 5. These games promise an exhilarating platform for the world’s top-notch gamers to demonstrate their prowess and skills. The immense popularity of each of these games is evident in their extensive player base, with numerous established events at national, continental, and international levels. Prepare to witness history in the making as Esports elevates the Asian Games to new heights of entertainment and competition.

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In a groundbreaking revelation, Kenneth Fok Kai-kong, renowned as the vice chairman of the All-China Youth Federation and esteemed president of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF), emphasizes the awe-inspiring rise of Esports as a flourishing industry in the vibrant continent of Asia. With its unparalleled capacity to bring together people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and nations, Esports has opened the door to a world of untapped potential.

By taking a momentous step and elevating Esports to the status of an official medal event at the prestigious Asian Games, the Chinese Esports sector has witnessed an extraordinary surge. However, the impact has transcended geographical boundaries, transcending borders to generate unprecedented opportunities for passionate Esports enthusiasts throughout Asia and beyond.

Photo source: 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 (Official Facebook Page)

In the latest 2023 report analyzing the thriving Esports landscape in Asia, an astounding surge in the global Esports sector is attributed to its successful integration into the Asian Games. The once niche market-oriented industry has now garnered unwavering national-level support and is undergoing a momentous expansion of its enthusiastic consumer base.

Various nations and organizations across the world, such as the Saudi Arabia,  European Union, the United States, Sweden, Russia, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates, have astutely recognized the strategic significance of Esports in fostering both national and regional economic development. This widespread recognition has paved the way for unprecedented international collaboration, propelling the Esports industry to new global heights, as affirmed by Zhang Yijun, deputy director-general of the esteemed China Audio-video and Digital Publishing Association.

Photo source: 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 (Official Facebook Page)

East Asia has established itself as the prominent leader, while Southeast Asia and the Middle East are swiftly closing the gap, showcasing remarkable progress. An intriguing player in this landscape is Saudi Arabia, which has embarked on a distinctive journey to nurture its Esports industry. Spearheading this endeavor is Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, the president of the Saudi Esports Federation.

Saudi Arabia has taken bold steps by formulating a comprehensive national Esports development strategy with an ambitious vision: to become a global gaming and Esports hub by 2030. The nation’s dedication to this goal is evident as it invests resources and expertise to propel the Esports ecosystem to new heights. With a clear focus on growth and innovation, Saudi Arabia aims to create an unparalleled environment for Esports enthusiasts and professionals alike.

Prince Faisal envisions not only a thriving local Esports scene but also a robust international partnership with China. By fostering collaboration between the two nations, they aim to set a remarkable precedent for global Esports cooperation and progress. Such strategic alliances can undoubtedly amplify the overall growth of the Esports industry, benefiting players, organizations, and fans worldwide.

China emerges as the undeniable champion in the regional Esports development index. This remarkable feat is attributed to the country’s extraordinary strides in establishing thriving Esports clusters and executing an array of supportive policies. Leading the charge is Chen Shaohua, the visionary deputy head of the culture, radio, television, tourism, and sports bureau of Shenzhen, a vibrant city nestled in the heart of Guangdong province in southern China.

Photo source: 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 (Official Facebook Page)

Venturing into uncharted territory with unyielding determination, Shenzhen reveals its audacious blueprint for the future of Esports. The city’s visionary agenda encompasses a multifaceted approach, designed to enrich content creation, empower key stakeholders, curate an extensive lineup of Esports events and activities, and foster an ecosystem conducive to the industry’s exponential growth. The ultimate aspiration is to transmute Shenzhen into a resplendent Esports hub, driving unparalleled progress throughout the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, catapulting Chinese Esports onto the grand global stage, basking in the spotlight of international acclaim.

Photo source: 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 (Official Facebook Page)

The Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games promise to be a watershed moment for the global Esports industry, unlocking new opportunities for players, enthusiasts, and stakeholders alike. As the excitement builds and the world turns its gaze towards Hangzhou, the Games stand ready to ignite the passion for Esports like never before. With its immense potential to connect people and create economic prosperity, Esports has undoubtedly found its place on the grand stage of the Asian Games.