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The selection of esports athletes for the 2022 Asian Games looks to pinpoint 45 countries and regions on the continent through a tournament called “Road to Asian Games” (RDAG). The event will be held by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) to determine who will represent their country or region to compete in the pan-Asia event. This is the first time esports gold medals will be counted.

Esports players will have the chance to compete in titles that include League of Legends, Street Fighter V, DotA 2, FIFA Online 4, Hearthstone, PUBG Mobile Asian Games Version, Arena of Valor Asian Games Version, and Dream Three Kingdoms 2. 

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The OCA also just announced a partnership with Tencent to help promote the development of esports in Asia. The OCA hopes to “create more exciting possibilities for the digital electronic sports industry in Asia.” Tencent plans to work with Asian countries and regions to create an “esports culture with Asian characteristics” as they promote esports development in Asia and around the world. 

The partnership could hint at the creative direction in the continent’s esports mission. Kenneth Fok, President of Asian Electronic Sports Federation, teased that AESF and Tencent will collaborate on several projects in the future. They will also continue to team up to organize events in the esports space. 

The Road to Asian Games will serve as a new platform where stakeholders can “learn, share, and exchange information.” The initiative is planned to be the foundation of a standardized system for esports events in Asia. 

As more commitment is poured into the development of esports worldwide, it’ll be interesting to see how the ecosystem will continue to shift. 

For the Road to Asian Games 2022, national team selections will be determined before March. The Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China from September 10 to 25.