Games-China crowned Arena of Valor champion as esports makes “historical” Asian Games debut- Reuters

What happened: Team China won the first-ever gold medals in the first of six e-sports demonstration events taking place at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia. The six-person team defeated Chinese Taipei 2-0 in the final of Arena of Valor, an international adaptation of the highly popular Chinese game “Honour of Kings”, which was developed by Chinese internet giant Tencent Games.

Why it’s important: Video games have always been a controversial topic in China, where parents are pushing hard for their children to pursue academic achievement. It is largely considered as a waste of time and a meaningless pastime. The public attitudes are gradually changing in recent years with the popularity of competitive video gaming or esports. This is the first time for a video game to be included in a major multi-sport event. With this official endorsement, the whole game industry will benefit.

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at More by Emma Lee

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