When the Asian Games kick off in Indonesia this August, esports will be part of the lineup. Six titles were announced as part of the multi-sport event earlier this week; League of Legends, Hearthstone, Starcraft II, Pro Evolution Soccer, and two mobile games (Clash Royale and Arena of Valor).
This will be the first time any esports title has been included in the event, the second largest multi-sport event in the world — following the Olympics.
Up to and during the event, Riot games will be working with the event overseers, advising them in things like team selection and the tournament format. They’ll also be making changes to League of Legends regional tournament schedules to assure players are able to participate in the event.
Since the game is being held in Indonesia, they will receive an automatic invitation to participate in the LoL competition. Teams from other countries will be determined by qualifiers with the top three teams receiving invitations.
This is exciting news for Riot and League players — as well as a good sign for those hoping to see esports become an Olympic event. It should also serve as a hilarious source of aggravation for everyone who hates the idea of esports being included in events like this. So, you know… fun for everyone.