The battle royale video game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile will be one of the eight official eSport games in the upcoming 19th Asian Games, which will be held in Hangzhou, China.
This will be the first time the game is being included as on of the events, and Malaysia definitely have a chance to win it!
The Asian Games, is a multi-sport event that is being held every 4 years, just like the Olympics. It is also recognised by the International Olympic Committee as the second-largest event after the Olympics and the 19th Asian Games will run from 10 September to 25 September 2022.
eSport was only introduced to the Asian Games as a demonstration sport in 2018, but it is now part of the official program as a medal event.
Since 1954, Malaysians have competed in every edition of the Asian Games, bringing back 63 gold, 101 silver, and 148 bronze medals.
Tencent Games global eSports director, James Yang said it is an honour to have their video game included in the upcoming Asian Games.
“We’re incredibly lucky to have a number of extremely talented players from several countries including Malaysia… fans of the game can look forward to exciting competition between the region’s best PUBG Mobile players as they’re celebrated alongside the best athletes in Asia.” he said in a press release.
Meanwhile, PUBG Mobile is one of the popular mobile games in Malaysia and it is demonstrated by the success of the ongoing PUBG Mobile Pro League (PMPL MY/SG) now in its fourth season.
With the huge demand within Malaysia’s competitive eSports, there could be an official team representing Malaysia for the upcoming Asian Games.
Nonetheless, the other eSports events that are included for the Asian Games are Arena Of Valor, Defense Of The Ancients 2 (Dota 2), Dream Three Kingdoms 2, EA Sports Fifa, Hearthstone, League Of Legends and Street Fighter V.
This means that there are 24 medals to be won from the eSports at Hangzhou, China in 2022.
In October, a Malaysian eSports player was part of a team winning over RM21 million after winning the second place in the The International 10 Defense of the Ancients (Dota 2) tournament.
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