Esports has exploded in the past few years, with professional gaming of all forms becoming more and more prominent every day. It’s no surprise, then, that it’s finally starting to get some Olympic recognition.
According to Compete, the 2022 Asian Games will feature Esports, a prestigious call-up for what many still deny has anything in common with so called ‘real’ sports. It’s big business though, and over the next few years it’s going to become harder and harder to deny it the place it deserves alongside athletic sports. Hell, if skateboarding is an Olympic sport, League should be too.
Big Esports events are definitely gaining traction in the west – last year’s Overwatch World Cup was wildly successful, and will build even further on that success with the Overwatch League, but it might still be a fair few years until we see someone rolling down the street in a racing chair with the Olympic torch in one hand and a keyboard in the other. We can but dream.
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