League of Legends had been selected as an esports title for the 2018 Asian Games which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics. pic.twitter.com/3iGWIuVVcP— Travis Gafford (@TravisGafford) May 14, 2018
Riot Games Esports will support the event by advising the Olympic Council of Asia and its member nations during the team selection process and will build the tournament format. Riot Games will also make changes to some regional league calendars for the summer split to help make it easier for pro players to participate in the Asian Games, according to a news release.
The Asian Games will have five regional qualifiers taking place in June, and 45 nations and regions will be able to field their own team of five players. The qualifier will narrow the competition down to eight teams that will advance to the Asian Games.
The Asia Games 2018 will be held in Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia from August 18th to September 2nd. The League of Legends portion will run from Aug. 24 to Sep 1.
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