The national electronic sports team of South Korea topped the East Asia Qualifier, which took place in Hong Kong from June 6- 20, 2018. The team will compete against seven other e-sports teams at the 2018 Asian Games, which will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia from August 18, 2018 to September 2, 2018.
The members of South Korea’s national e-sports team are Afreeca Freecs top laner Kim “Kiin” Gi-in, KT Rolster jungler Go “Score” Dong-bin, KINGZONE DragonX jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-ho, SK Telecom T1 mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, and GEN.G bot lane duo Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk and Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in. Both Chinese Taipei and China’s national e-sports teams, which placed second and third at the East Asia Qualifier, respectively, will also compete at the 2018 Asian Games.
Hong Kong, Macau and Japan also sent representatives at the East Asia Qualifier. With identical 8-2 game records, the teams from South Korea, Chinese Taipei and China initially tied for first place so they had to compete in a tiebreaker.
At the main event at the 2018 Asian Games, the teams of South Korea, Chinese Taipei and China will compete against the teams of Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam. The teams of Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam won the respective regional qualifiers in Central Asia, South Asia, West Asia and Southeast Asia.
On the other hand, Indonesia’s team did not take part in a regional qualifier. It is automatically invited to the main event at the 2018 Asian Games since the country is the host of the pan-Asian multi-sport event, which will feature e-sports as a demonstration sport.
There will be six video game titles to be contested at the main event. These are “StarCraft II,” “Pro Evolution Soccer 2018,” “League of Legends,” “Hearthstone,” “Clash Royale” and “Arena of Valor.”
Medals won in e-sports will not be included in the official overall 2018 Asian Games medal tally. It will become a medal event in the 19th edition of the event, which will take place in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China from September 10-25, 2022.
The inclusion of e-sports in the Asian Games means “huge economic potential,” Inside the Games quoted Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) president Kenneth Fok, who is from Hong Kong, as saying. He also said that the Hong Kong government sees the future in the competition that uses video games.
Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) will host a forum on e-sports on July 21, 2018 at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. This was previously announced by IOC president Thomas Bach.
Riot Games chief executive Nicolo Laurent and Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Morhaime will attend the forum. The event is “a great opportunity for both the Olympic Movement and representatives from the world of e-sports and gaming to begin a discussion, listen and learn from each other, and understand the potential opportunities for collaboration,” Sports Pro Media quoted IOC Sports director Kit McConnell as saying.