Esports are Very Close to Becoming an Olympic Sport

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Esports, aka competitive video gaming, are now one step closer to becoming an actual Olympic sport.

The Olympic Council of Asia and Alisports of China just announced a strategic partnership to bring the Electronic Sports video game phenomenon to the official sports program of the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, one of the biggest Olympic events in the world outside the actual biennial games.

While esports will also be a part of next year’s 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, it will be considered a demonstration sport, which means no medals will be awarded. But, by the time of the 19th Asian Games in 2022, esports will become an official medal sport, making it one step closer to becoming an Olympic event.

Hey, if curling is taken seriously, playing video games has a shot.

[Via Mashable]

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