E-sports included in 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou

Jiang Xiao China Plus Published: 2017-04-17 18:43:17
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E-sports has been included as an official project in the 19th Asian Games to take place in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou in 2022.

Video games, for instance, are classified as a type of e-sports. [Photo: thepaper.cn]

Video games, for instance, are classified as a type of e-sports. [Photo: thepaper.cn]

E-sports or electronic sports is a form of competition carried out on electronic systems. Video games, for instance, are classified as a type of e-sports.

The Olympic Council of Asia may hold an open attitude towards video games, but it is still controversial that the e-Sports be included in major sports events like the Olympics.

At the same time, e-sports has been seen as a burgeoning market in China.

E-sports or electronic sports is a form of competition carried out on electronic systems. [Photo: thepaper.cn]

E-sports or electronic sports is a form of competition carried out on electronic systems. [Photo: thepaper.cn]

Alisport under Alibaba has invested over US$150 million in 2016 to help "e-Sports gain recognition" as a sport in the Olympic Games. They also plan to invest more money to build e-Sport stadiums in the following years.

Since 2016 the Ministry of Education of China has also listed "Electronic competitive sports and management" as a major for vocational schools in the country.

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