Great news for all the gamers and gaming aficionados. What was once termed as the unhealthy activity fit for nerds or couch potatoes now can earn you a medal. Yes it is official now. Online Gaming is an official category in the Asian Games 2022 and you can win a medal for this sport. E sports is going to be a part of Asian Game that are going to be held in HangZhou, China.
E Sports Popularity
The Olympics Council of Asia has made an official statement about including E-sports as the part of the very popular games. According to their official statement their decision is because of.
“the rapid development and popularity of this new form of sports participation”
This is definitely not the first time the gaming industry players stand a chance to win such a glory. Gaming contests are a routine now and huge amounts of prize money is given to the winner. The gaming arenas are made especially costing millions of dollars but the payback is much greater has the fans throng the arenas whenever their favorite teams play.
According to BBC News
“E-sports generated $493m (£400m) in revenue in 2016, with a global audience of about 320 million people.
Revenue is predicted to rise to $696m (£553m) in 2017, with 15% of that coming from China alone, according to e-sport analysts Newzoo.
The winning team at the biggest e-sports event, the League of Legends World Championship, shared $1m (£810,000) in prize money last year.”
Kids and adults, men and women, the fan of e sports are from all the population subsets. E sports are highly charged events where every second is important and a single move can change the entire scenario. That is one of the reasons of the popularity of e sports. Whenever you will provide thrill and excitement, people will be attracted and would like to join in.
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