In another first, the games will feature a digital torch-lighting ceremony, where millions of torch-bearers will transform the digital flames into a digital human figure on the Qiantang River. With 3D animation and augmented reality (VR/AR), electronic smokeless fireworks will also be on show at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium.
The 19th Asian Games is set to be the largest ever, with almost 12,500 athletes from 45 countries and regions competing in 40 sports, 61 disciplines and 481 events. Tickets to the esports events were sold through a ballot lottery due to its popularity, with nearly every session of esports competition expected to be a sell-out.
A testament to forward-thinking approaches to technology
Esports, short for electronic sports, is a form of competition using video games. Esports often consists of organised, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players, individually or as teams.
It has a huge presence across Asia especially in mobile games and is anticipated to be one of the most popular spectator events at the Asian Games. This marks an interesting shift in sports worldwide, with the Olympics having held The Olympic Esports Series 2023 in June 2023. Spectators could watch and/or take part in the global virtual and simulated sports competition for the first time and interact with professionals.
With technology already transforming how we access and engage with sports, it is exciting to see how AI and virtual reality systems can be used to facilitate greater accessibility and digital team sports.
“Asian esports has become a thriving industry, unleashing enormous potential and connecting people from different backgrounds, cultures, and countries,” says Asian Esports Federation President Huo Qigang.
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