Once introduced as a showcase event in the 2018 Asian Games, esports will now be a medal event at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. And India does not want to leave any box unticked as they decide the teams that will be representing the country across different titles such as Arena of Valor, Dota 2, Dream of the Three Kingdoms 2, FIFA, Hearthstone, League of Legends, PUBG Mobile, and Street Fighter V. In fact, the teams for two of these titles- FIFA and Street Fighter V has already been decided.
The teams have been formed after looking at the players' performances at the National Esports Championships 2022. Notably, over 200 esports athletes competed at this event to qualify for the 2022 Asian Games. The winners of the two games have been given the responsibility to represent the nation once the event kicks off.
In FIFA 22, Charanjot Singh will be India's man, having secured the top rank among more than 60 players at the NESC FIFA 22 tournament. Notably, Charanjot, who previously won the AIFF eFootball Challenge 2021 last year, had beaten Karman Tikka, who has been leading the winner's bracket, in the grand finale. "It’s a great feeling to represent India in FIFA. Its sheer dedication and hard work resulted in getting the spot in the Asian Games 2022," said Charanjot on his selection.
In Street Fighter V, the responsibility will be on Mayank Prajapati aka “MiKeYROG” who won the tournament by beating Ayan Biswas in the summit clash. "It's a dream come true moment for me. I'm super excited for Asian Games 2022. This is really huge and it will definitely put the Indian FGC's name on the global map," said Mayank.
Notably, both the players now will be participating in AESF’s Road to Asian Games - Regional Qualifiers (June-July 2022), which are being held for seeding at the main event in China as the next step of their journey.