In a groundbreaking achievement for Indian Esports, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) has officially approved the 15-member Esports contingent that will be participating in the Asian Games 2022 alongside other sports.
Esports is going to make its debut at the Asian Games 2022 as a proper medal event, earlier in 2018 it was there as a demonstration title. Initially scheduled for September last year, the tournament will now be held from September 23 to October 8, 2023. This multi-nation event will cement the industry mark into a mainstream sports scene.
Commenting on the Esports getting the official stamp of approval from the MYAS, please find below the quote on behalf of Mr. Lokesh Suji, Director, Esports Federation of India & Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF):
"Witnessing our Esports team receive the official endorsement from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is a moment that fulfills the dreams of everyone involved in the Esports movement in India. This recognition goes beyond just the 15 team members participating in the Asian Games 2022; it encompasses the entire Esports community in the country. Our community has relentlessly worked towards gaining acknowledgment for their dedication and the sport itself.
The ESFI has consistently emphasized treating Esports players as athletes, and seeing our efforts yield results brings us immeasurable joy. The boundary that once separated Esports athletes from traditional sports athletes has now disappeared, ensuring they are treated equally in terms of support and recognition.
We want to express our deep gratitude to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the Indian Olympic Association for their dedication and their open embrace of the growth of Esports as a legitimate sport. With our sights set on the Asian Games 2022, we hold unwavering confidence that our immensely talented athletes will raise the profile of Indian Esports on the international stage, filling our nation with pride."
India will be participating in four of the seven total titles at the Asian Games 2022: DOTA 2, FIFA Online 4, League of Legends, and Street Fighter V: Champion Edition.
The 15-member Indian contingent is as follows:
FIFA Online 4 - Charanjot Singh and Karman Singh
Street Fighter V: Champion Edition - Mayank Prajapati and Ayan Biswas
League of Legends - Akshaj Shenoy (captain), Samarth Arvind Trivedi, Mihir Ranjan, Aditya Selvaraj, Aakash Shandilya, and Sanindhya Malik
DOTA 2 – Darshan Bata (captain), Krish Gupta, Abhishek Yadav, Ketan Goyal, and Shubham Goli
(With inputs from Press Release)