Back in the past, parents are constantly telling kids to get off the computer and do something productive, because there’s no future in gaming.
Recently, things got a bit better because there are plenty of jobs in the gaming industry. There’s also YouTube where you can record your games and become a well-known gamer like PewDiePie and earn millions.
That is, of course, if you ignore the recent YouTube saga where creators are complaining about advertisers pulling out of the platform.
But no worries, because you can now tell your parents that gaming has a future, and you could be a hero like Joseph Schooling.
Here’s what’s going on.
Asian Games 2022 To Include eSports As Official Medal Sport
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and Alisports of Alibaba have announced on Monday (17 Apr) a collaboration to bring eSports to the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, as an official medal sport in 2022.
They have plans to first bring eSports to the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia as a demonstration sport before the 2022 games.
It was also confirmed that the format of video games contested will be FIFA 2017, Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA: Think LoL & Dota) and RTA (Real Time Attack) games.
Now you know what to train in, don’t you?
While the prize money might not be as much as some of the bigger eSports competitions taking place around the world, it’ll put eSports (and you) in the spotlight of traditional media.
That means becoming an ambassador to big brands (Think Nathan Hartono & DBS) and getting eSports scholarships to good schools (Utah University is already giving those out).
The Asian Games is reportedly the second largest sporting event in the world, only coming in second to the Olympic Games in terms of athletes involved.
Who knows, sooner or later, we’ll have keyboard warriors standing on the Olympic podium receiving medals.
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