Esports made their debut as official medal events at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. The first completed match was between Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan in the mobile game Arena of Valor, while Hong Kong defeated Taiwan in the same game. Players expressed the importance of communication and dedication to their game. The esports program at the Asian Games includes seven gaming titles, and the event has attracted attention due to the growth potential of the esports market. The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, which will co-host the next Asian Games, visited the venue and expressed confidence in the expansion of esports. Esports were previously introduced at the 2018 Asian Games as an exhibition event and have the potential to be included in future Olympic events. Overall, the inclusion of esports at the Asian Games showcases the popularity and significance of this emerging form of competition.
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