Riot Games announced Tuesday that League of Legends was ​selected as one of six esports that will debut at the 2018 Asian Games as an Official Demonstration Sport.

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.


Jarred Kennedy, Co-Head of Riot Esports wrote in the news release: “We're honored that League of Legends was selected for the Asian Games. Representing one's country at the Olympics is a dream for athletes around the world, and with this step, that dream is one step closer to reality for the best in our sport. We admire and respect the values of the Olympic movement and look forward to supporting the Olympic Council of Asia in making this competition a success."


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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