The Olympic Council of Asia is making its first foray into competitive gaming by making esports a medal event in 2022 at the Asian Games. Photo: Riot Games
The OCA will partner with Alisports, a subsidiary of Alibaba Group, to bring esports to the Asian Games. Esports competitions will take place at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games as a demonstration sport in September, according to a statement from the OCA. Esports will also be a demonstration sport in 2018 before becoming an official sport in the Asian Games in 2022. Competitions in FIFA 17 and multiplayer online battle arena games will take place at the September Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, though the OCA was not specific about which MOBA games will be played. Dota 2 and League of Legends, two of the most popular MOBAs, are likely candidates.