Esports at AIMAG 2025: AESF proposes to feature Esports as Medal Event at Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2025– Esports has been added to the list of approved medal sports that will be competed in at the AIMAG 2025, also known as the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. It was revealed last week during the just finished 41st General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). This suggestion, on the other hand, is a step toward esports being legitimate medal events rather than only showcase games. The 7th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, AIMAG 2025, will be held in Riyadh and will be Saudi Arabia’s first participation. The following AIMAG will be held in Thailand’s Chonburi the following year. Esports at AIMAG 2025
After making its debut in a multi-sporting event programme at the AIMAG 2017 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, as a demonstration sport, having esports appear as an official medal event at AIMAG would have completed the journey. From that point on, esports began as a demonstration sport in the 2018 Asian Games and then as full-medal competitions at the 2019 and 2021 SEA Games. The 2022 Asian Games, which are now postponed, had esports scheduled as a full-medal sport.
Esports at AIMAG 2025: AESF proposes to feature Esports as Medal Event at Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2025
“What better news than this, from the first addition of esports as a demonstration event at AIMAG 2017 to being included as a proper medal event at AIMAG 2021 and now possible inclusion at AIMAG 25 brings us immense joy & excitement,” said Lokesh Suji, Director, Esports Federation of India & Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF) in response to this development.
“Thanks to the outstanding efforts made by the AESF and the OCA, it is reasonable to conclude that Esports is now not far from being deemed a mainstream sport. The government of Saudi Arabia has officially recognised esports as a sport, which is highly promising for the event AIMAG 2025, which is scheduled to take place there”.
Esports has entered a number of national and international platforms, including the Asian Games, according to Animesh Agarwal, founder and CEO of 8bit Creatives, India’s esports consulting and talent agency. He also mentioned” It is quite encouraging to see that esports is currently being considered for inclusion in AIMAG 2025. This serves as a confirmation of the popularity of esports in this world at a time when the gaming industry in India is being redefined and diversifying into many new titles while rebounding from previous failures”