PETALING JAYA: Electronic sports will be an official medal-winning sport at the 19th Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games to be held from September 10 to 25.
The esports competition will feature the following games: Arena of Valor Asian Games Version, Dota 2, Dream Three Kingdoms 2, EA SPORTS FIFA, Branded Soccer Games, HearthStone, League of Legends, PUBG Mobile Asian Games Version and Street Fighter V.
PUBG Mobile is co-developed by Lightspeed and Quantum Studios of Tencent Games and Krafton, based on Krafton’s PUBG IP and one of the world’s most popular mobile games.
The Asian Games are a multi-sport event that takes place every four years, in which the best athletes from Asia compete against each other. The event is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the second largest event of its kind, behind the Olympics.
It paved the way for the representation of esports with its inclusion as a demonstration sport in 2018. In 2020, and now in 2022, esports is part of the official program and a medal-winning event. .
As one of the largest and most accessible esports programs in the world, PUBG Mobile’s esports circuit has seen massive growth in 2021 with 14 new leagues and a total prize pool of $ 15,000,000. US for the year, the highest in the history of mobile esports. .
The inclusion of PUBG Mobile in the 2022 Asian Games shows its continued global growth as one of the most popular mobile esports games, having recently surpassed 1 billion downloads globally.
âIt is an honor for PUBG Mobile to be included in the 2022 Asian Games,â said James Yang, director of global sports at Tencent Games.
âWe are incredibly lucky to have a number of extremely talented players from several countries in the region, and we look forward to seeing them compete in such a prestigious event. Fans of the game can look forward to an exciting competition between the best PUBG Mobile players in the region as they are celebrated alongside the best athletes in Asia.