StarCraft II Headlines Esports at the Asian Games

  • Blizzard Entertainment

The second-largest multi-sport event on the planet will include pro StarCraft II when the 2018 edition of the Asian Games kicks off in Indonesia later this summer.

StarCraft II being featured in the Asian Games, alongside Hearthstone and other games, marks the first time that esports competition has been recognized by a regional organizing body of the International Olympic Committee. So while the footballers, swimmers, and runners win medals at the Asian Games, eight of the continent’s top StarCraft II players will be seeking to earn their own medals.

Recent qualifying events for hundreds of players throughout Asia—held by the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, the governing body of esports in Asia—determined the top eight players who will represent their countries at the Asian Games, including South Korean superstar Maru:

Player Nation Region
Huang Yu-Hsiang (Nice) Chinese Taipei East Asia
Cho Seongju (Maru) Korea East Asia
Tran Hong Phuc (meomaika) Vietnam Southeast Asia
Pichayut Prasertwit (StriKE) Thailand Southeast Asia
Amruth Alfred (AmyPie) Sri Lanka South Asia
Satybaldin Adlet (Lightweight) Kazakhstan Central Asia
Shahriar Shaki (DeMiGoD) Iran West Asia
Nyoman Arie Pranasakti (Jaquelton) Indonesia Host Country

With the field of competitors nearly set, the Asian Games begin with opening ceremonies on Aug. 18.

Stay tuned to for more information on dates, venue, formats, and more.

*Medals won in esports events will not count toward any nation’s official medal count.