Hearthstone removed from Asian Games Esports program

Hangzhou (China), March 16 The online digital trading card game Hearthstone has been removed from the esports program for this year’s Asian Games in Hangzhou.

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on Thursday confirmed the decision proposed by the Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (HAGOC) and the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) at the fifth coordinating committee meeting, Xinhua reported.

Since the negotiation and cooperation agreement between Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase on the extension of operation rights fell through, all the servers of “Hearthstone” operated by NetEase in mainland China have been shut down, and the operation team has also been disbanded. That made the game ineligible to be included as one of the Hangzhou Asian Games’ events, according to a statement from Hangzhou Asian Games organizers.

According to the latest decision of the Olympic Council of Asia, the Hangzhou Asian Games will host seven e-sports events, namely FIFA Online 4, PUBG Mobile Asian Games Edition, Arena of Valor Asian Games Edition, Dota 2, League of Legends, Fantasy Three Kingdoms 2 and Street Fighter V.

“We remain fully committed to providing eSports athletes with a world-class platform to showcase their skills and capabilities to the world. We sincerely hope you will join us in making history at the Hangzhou Asian Games and showcasing eSports as a major The limitless potential of the sporting phenomenon,” said AESF.


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