Tencent and the Olympic Council of Asia will collaborate for the development of esports – With the gaming industry growing exponentially every year, the professional esports scene has also risen up to become an exciting and entertaining sporting event. While the western world has almost fully embraced the esports environment, it is still a challenging task to implement and spread esports in Asia. It is because most countries here are developing and despite the large population, few people have access to the latest equipment and services required for gaming.
Still, it looks like the esports scene in Asia will see a huge boost as Tencent, the largest gaming company in the world, and the Olympic Council of Asia have reached an agreement that will help to develop and promote esports in the region.
BIG NEWS! 📣📣
We are so excited to announce our partnership and collaboration with the Olympic Council of Asia and Tencent to develop Esports and bring it to even greater heights within Asia 🎮 pic.twitter.com/fAscAsB9mf
— Asian Electronic Sports Federation (@AESF_Official) January 20, 2022
Asian Electronic Sports Development Conference 2022
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) held the Asian Electronic Sports Development Conference yesterday. Themed as the “Blooming in Asia”, it had various dignitaries who attended this meeting virtually to talk about the promotion and development of esports in the Asian region.
OCA Director-General Mr. Husain A H Z AI-Musallam, AESF President Mr. Kenneth Fok, Tencent Senior Vice President Mr. Steven Ma, AESF Director-General Mr. Sebastian Lau, AESF COO Mr. Steve Kim, and Tencent Games Vice President and Tencent E-Sports General Manager Mr. Mars Hou attended the online meeting.
During this conference, a partnership between AESF and Tencent Esports was also announced, and how they plan to pave way for the Road to Asian Games. These two entities will work together for the preparation, introduction and facilitation of esports in the upcoming 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022.
Mr. Husain expressed his happiness on the collaboration. He hoped that Tencent’s technology and innovation will help the OCA and the AESF to revolutionize the Asian esports industry and make it the best in the world. After signing the collaboration agreement, the two sides shared their views on how to ensure the proper development of esports in the region.
The Road to Asian Games (RDAG) initiative will be the first official Asia-wide esports event conducted in 2022. Apart from setting a standardized system for esports events in Asia, the RDAG will also serve as a new platform to learn, share, and exchange the culture and talents in the future Asian esports industry.