Global Offensive and the teams are competing for a prize pool of USD 10,000.
HONG KONG: The Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) announced that the 2021 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) will feature esports as a medal sport. The decision was made at a closed-door meeting hosted by the AESF, Thailand Electronic Sports Federation (TESF), and the Olympic Committee of Thailand (OCT).
The AESF has not yet disclosed which events would be played at the AIMAG esports event. The federation is led by Kenneth Fok, current vice-president of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, and opened its first regional office in Bangkok in January 2020, Esports Observer reported.
The AIMAG is regarded as the biggest multi-sport indoor event in Asia, and the countries of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) host it every four years. It was previously run as the Asian Indoor Games between 2005-2009, with a separate Asian Martial Arts Games held once in 2009 before both events were merged.
Esports was previously featured as a medal event at the 2007 and 2009 Asian Indoor Games, as well as the 2013 AIMAG. It was then held as a demonstration sport at the 2017 AIMAG, with Hearthstone, StarCraft II, The King of Fighters XIV, and Dota 2 contested.
Esports was featured as a demonstration event at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games. Originally this was supposed to lead to a full medal inclusion at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, however, video gaming was excluded from the final sporting programme.
Esports South Asia Cup
In a drive to position Sri Lanka as a South Asian leader in Esports, Gamer.LK has partnered with the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka to host a series of international Esports tournaments, starting with the InGame Esports South Asia Cup this March.
Electronic Sports, referred to as Esports, is the competitive play of video games. With a following in the millions and tournament viewership numbers overtaking some popular traditional sports, Esports is on its way to becoming a top three sports in the coming years.
Globally, Esports viewership is estimated to overtake traditional sports viewership by 2024, with global millennials already watching video games and Esports content more than traditional sports today.
The InGame Esports South Asia Cup is open to six South Asian countries and had over 100 teams taking part in national qualifiers. One team each from Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka qualified to represent their countries in the final play-offs which will be held online on the 27th, 28th and 29th March 2020. The title being played is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and the teams are competing for a prize pool of USD 10,000.