Launch of Esports ‘Road to Asian Games’ Features 7 Video Game Titles

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On Friday, the launch of the “Road to Asian Games” (RDAG) esports series took place in Macao, China. With 29 countries and regions participating, the RDAG aims to determine favorable seeding positions in seven video game titles for the main event of the Hangzhou Asian Games in September.

Jointly organized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF), the RDAG serves as a preview for the upcoming esports events at the Hangzhou Asian Games. During the launch ceremony, Kenneth Fok, president of the ASEF, highlighted the values of excellence, respect, and friendship upheld by the esports community.

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Esports is making its official debut at the Hangzhou Asian Games following its demonstration as a sport in the Jakarta Asian Games in 2018. Unlike the previous event, esports medals awarded in Hangzhou will contribute to the overall medal tally.

Wissam Trkmani, project and operations manager at the OCA, expressed his hopes that the RDAG would serve as a testament to the remarkable achievements and unwavering dedication of esports athletes in Asia.

The RDAG features seven video game titles, including popular titles like League of Legends (LOL), PUBG Mobile, Arena of Valor, DOTA 2, Dream Three Kingdoms 2, Street Fight V, and EA SPORTS FIFA-branded soccer games. Hou Miao, vice president of Tencent Games, praised Asia’s pioneering role in embracing and promoting esports as a comprehensive sporting event on an international scale.

During the launch ceremony, players and referees, including Zou “YSKM” Shude, a LOL athlete from Team Hong Kong China, took the oaths, reaffirming their commitment to fair play and sportsmanship.

To reach a wider audience, the RDAG events will be live-streamed on popular platforms such as YouTube, Twitch, and Bilibili, providing fans with an opportunity to spectate and support their favorite teams and players.

The first LOL matches took place on Thursday, showcasing thrilling competition. Team China emerged victorious with a 2:0 win over Team Macao China, while Team Chinese Taipei also secured a 2:0 victory against Team Hong Kong China.

As the RDAG progresses, esports enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the exciting matchups and fierce battles that lie ahead, as teams compete for their positions in the Hangzhou Asian Games main event.