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Watch the athletes in action at the Regional Qualifiers on Twitch
29 June 2018
AESF announced results of the Regional Qualifier Competitions for the Asian Games 2018
22 June 2018
Athletes are forging ahead on the "Road to Asian Games"
12 June 2018
AESF confirms 2018 Asian Games esports events
15 May 2018
OCA approves AESF’s selection of 2018 Asian Games esports events
14 May 2018
1st Executive Board Meeting
10 April 2018
Asian Games boost for esports in 'milestone' year
8 January 2018
AESF President Kenneth Fok supports IOC’s esports recognition
1 November 2017
Statement by President of OCA for Newly Elected President of AESF, Kenneth Fok Kai-Kong
20 September 2017
Kenneth Fok elected new President of Asian Electronic Sports Federation
20 September 2017
29 June 2018

Watch the athletes in action at the Regional Qualifiers on Twitch


Top class athletes from 27 countries and regions finished competing in the Regional Qualifiers earlier this month. Congrats to the qualified teams.

Starting from tonight till July 8, 2018, you may watch the VODs of selected Regional Qualifiers on our Twitch channel: www.twitch.tv/aesf_tournament. For details, please refer to the timetable.

Other VODs will be available later on Twitch or Youtube. Stay tuned for the schedules.

Timetable (Click to enlarge)

22 June 2018

AESF announced results of the Regional Qualifier Competitions for the Asian Games 2018


Congratulations to the qualified teams!


 
East Asia Hong Kong, China
Japan
Republic of Korea
Chinese Taipei
China
Hong Kong, China
Southeast Asia Vietnam
Thailand
Vietnam
Thailand
Vietnam
Laos
South Asia India Sri Lanka India
Central Asia Kyrgyzstan Kazakhstan Uzbekistan
West Asia Saudi Arabia Iran Saudi Arabia
Host Indonesia Indonesia Indonesia

 
East Asia Chinese Taipei
China
Hong Kong, China
Republic of Korea
Chinese Taipei
China
Japan
Hong Kong, China
Southeast Asia Vietnam
Thailand
Laos
Vietnam Vietnam
Malaysia
South Asia India Pakistan India
Central Asia / Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
West Asia / Saudi Arabia Iran
Host Indonesia Indonesia Indonesia

Download Full Result (PDF, 958KB)

A total of 27 countries and regions signed up for the Qualifier Competitions which were held from June 6 to 20, 2018. Starcraft II and Hearthstone took the form of online matches while Arena of Valor and the Clash Royale qualifiers were conducted offline in Hong Kong, China. For League of Legends, the South Asia and Southeast Asia qualifiers were held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; the East Asia qualifiers were held in Hong Kong, China; the Central Asia and West Asia competed through online matches. Finally, the East Asia qualifiers for PES 2018 was held in Changzhou, China, while the other four regions competed online for the spots.

"With the support of NOCs, the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee, member esports federations and other supporters, we are delighted the Qualifier Competitions were smoothly carried out," said Mr Kenneth Fok, AESF President. "Again, we are grateful for OCA's commitment to include esports as a demonstration event at the 2018 Asian Games."

"Congrats to all the qualified teams! I wish they would enjoy a great game and look forward to welcoming them at our venue in Jakarta this August to share a historical moment. Good luck to all."

Mr. Kenneth Fok reviewing the final scores.
Players of East Asia Qualifiers for three events gathered in Hong Kong, China
LOL South Asia and Southeast Asia Qualifiers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
East Asia Qualifiers for PES 2018 held in Changzhou, China

12 June 2018

Athletes are forging ahead on the "Road to Asian Games"



(June 12, 2018 – Hong Kong) Excitement is building up since the announcement of esports being a demonstration event in the 18th Asian Games. A total of 27 Asian countries and regions with over 300 athletes will be joining the esports Asian qualifiers this June.

Hong Kong, being the host city for the East Asia Offline Regional Qualifier, welcomed teams from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Korea and Chinese Taipei at the Emperor Esports Arena to contest for quarterfinal berths for the region. The other offline qualifiers will take place in Ho Chi Minh and Changzhou China. Results are expected by the end of June.



At the press conference today, Mr. Kenneth K.K. Fok, JP, President of Asian Electronic Sports Federation ("AESF") said, "AESF will be strongly supporting the development of esports industry through promoting esports professionalization. We also strive for bringing esports to the official stage of the Olympic Games in future and elevating its popularity among global citizens.

Esports was generally regarded as a leisure activity in the past, but it has since evolved into a real sport that emphasizes intelligence, strategy, reaction and teamwork. Unlike traditional video games, there are specific rules of competition, professional equipment and venues for esports. As the demonstration sport for Jakarta Palembang 2018, it represents a big leap for esports and lays a solid foundation for its official inclusion in Hangzhou 2022.

"Inclusion of esports in the Asian Games also means huge economic potential," Mr Fok added. "The HKSAR government sees the future in esports. In the 2018-2019 budget, the government announced a HK$100 million fund allocation to support esports development through providing venue to esports competitions, technological support for industry development and talent training. With economic value and development potential, esports will not only generate considerable economic benefits through ticket sales, sponsorship, advertising, as well as live and relay broadcast, etc., but also a catalyst for related industries such as software development and computer hardware production.

"Hong Kong has a unique geographical location and ancillary facilities in the Asian region, which is absolutely conducive to the development of electronic devices and leads the economic development."

AESF is an OCA-recognized individual sports association in Asia and an entity to promote esports across the region

Left to right:
Mr. Clearence Cheung, Head of Business, Emperor Esports Stars
Mr. Eric Yeung, President of E-Sports Association Hong Kong
Ms. Vivien C.C Lau, BBS, JP, Vice-President of The Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China
Mr. Kenneth K.K. Fok, JP, President of AESF
Mr. Paul Cheng, Principal Assistant Secretary (R&S) 1, Home Affairs Bureau, HKSAR
The Hon. Elizabeth Quat, BBS, JP, Member of Hong Kong Legislative Council
Mr. Ryan Chow, Chairman of E-Sports Association Hong Kong
Mr. Sebastian Lau, Head of President Office, AESF
15 May 2018

AESF confirms 2018 Asian Games esports events

All eyes are on Asia as the Olympic Council of Asia ("OCA") and Asian Electronic Sports Federation ("AESF") announced details of the esports programme for the 18th Asian Games 2018 to be held in Jakarta and Palembang. The games selected are League of Legends, Pro Evolution Soccer, Arena of Valor (Honor of Kings International), Starcraft II, Hearthstone and Clash Royale.


"We are very excited to see esports making a debut in the Asian Games," said Mr Kenneth Fok, President of AESF. "In the selection of Asian Games Esports, we exercised stringent criteria, i.e. the game must adhere to our vision of promoting integrity, ethics, and fair play. Esports will strive to inspire and motivate the youth of the world to be the best they can be through educational and entertaining interactive challenges."

Participating National Olympic Committees ("NOC") would select no more than one individual player/ team for each event before May 31, 2018. Upon registration, the chosen players/ teams will take part in one of five regional qualifying competitions: East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, West Asia, and South East Asia, to be held between June 10 and 20, 2018. The finalists from the five regions will come together at Jakarta in August for live action in front of a world audience.

Esports federations or associations should contact their local NOC or email AESF at games@aesf.com to register for the competition.

"AESF is most grateful for the staunch support of OCA and the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) in making esports included in Asian Games this August," Mr Fok remarked.

Asian Electronic Sports Federation ("AESF") is the sole competent authority for electronic sports throughout Asia and recognized by Olympic Council of Asia ("OCA") as such.

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10 April 2018

1st Executive Board Meeting

The first Executive Board Meeting was successfully held in Shanghai, attended by representatives from the NOC in the Asia Region.

Mr. Kenneth Fok, AESF President, opened the board meeting; followed by welcome remarks of Mr. Wei Jizhong, Honorary Life Vice President of OCA. The board considered the meeting minutes of the 1st General Assembly on Sep 18, 2017 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Other discussion topics included:

  • Unveiling of the official AESF logo and visual identity, website and social media platforms
  • Esports as demonstration event in the 2018 Asian Games
  • Presenting the concept of the AESF Asian Cup
  • Commercial partners and sponsorship structure

Left to right:
Board Member, Mr. Salamat Ergeshov, Kyrgyzstan
Vice President, Mr. Azat Myradov, Turkmenistan
Honorary Life Vice President of OCA, Mr. Wei Jizhong, China
AESF President, Mr. Kenneth Fok, Hong Kong, China
Board Member, Mr. Santi Lothong, Thailand
Vice President, Mr. Lokesh Suji, India
Vice President, Mr. Harry Warganegara Harun, Indonesia
8 January 2018

Asian Games boost for esports in 'milestone' year

Hong Kong, China, January 8, 2018: The President of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, Kenneth Fok, believes 2018 will be a "milestone" year for his organisation due to the inclusion of esports in the Olympic Council of Asia’s 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.

In a New Year greeting to the OCA President, HE Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, and the Director General, Mr Husain Al Musallam, Mr Fok thanks the OCA for the inclusion of esports as a demonstration sport at the OCA’s premier event.

"We have many exciting games coming up in 2018, especially the Asian Games in Indonesia. I am personally very confident that the games will be an absolute success," writes Mr Fok.

"It is a pleasure for the Asian Electronic Sports Federation to be invited to participate in this event in Jakarta, and it was definitely a milestone for our Federation to move forward smoothly and to be able to show our exciting sporting discipline to the world during the Asian Games.

"On behalf of the AESF, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the Olympic Council of Asia for its continual trust and giving staunch support to our Federation. "The recognition of having esports as a demonstration event during the Asian Games 2018 represents the impressive development of esports in Asia in a relatively short span of time."

Mr Fok became President of the revamped AESF at a meeting in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, last September, on the sidelines of the OCA’s 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. Esports was played as a demonstration event at the AIMAG.

The AESF is planning to have eight events at the 18th Asian Games to further promote the growth of esports in Asia. "In order to have the best athletes to compete in a top tier competition for the world’s audience, the AESF is hoping to achieve this by having eight official medal esports events in the Asian Games 2018," added Mr Fok.

"The details of events and platforms will be worked out shortly which we will immediately share with OCA and INASGOC." Although medals will be awarded to the winners of the eight events in Jakarta, they will not be counted in the overall medals table as esports will be a demonstration event only. It is expected to be added to the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China in 2022 as an official medal sport for the first time.

The new President goes on to reconfirm the AESF’s commitment and determination to promoting and developing esports in the Asia-Pacific region, and thanks the OCA, National Olympic Committees and National Federations for their support, advice and guidance at the start of "an exciting year" leading up to the Asian Games from August 18 to September 2. "I am looking forward to another year of challenges and opportunities," he concludes.
1 November 2017

AESF President Kenneth Fok supports IOC’s esports recognition




Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) President Kenneth Fok welcomes and supports International Olympic Committee’s recognition of the rapid growth of esports and considering competitive esports as a sporting activity on the 6th Olympic Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland.

"We would like to express our gratitude for IOC’s strong support in the development of esports", Kenneth Fok said, "And we would also like to extend our thanks to Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad AL-SABAH, the President of OCA and ANOC who plays a vital role in promoting esports worldwide."

"As a leading esports continent, AESF shares a common goal with all stakeholders in promoting esports in Asia as professional sporting, and the players comparable to athletes in traditional sports. Esports will earn its global validity and we have great confidence about the future success", Kenneth Fok continued.

Kenneth Fok, Vice-President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, was unanimously elected AESF President on Sep 19, 2017 at Ashgabat.
20 September 2017

Statement by President of OCA for Newly Elected President of AESF, Kenneth Fok Kai-Kong

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, September 21, 2017:Statement by President of OCA for Newly Elected President of AESF, Kenneth Fok Kai-Kong



Kenneth Fok Kai-Kong has been elected as the president of Asian Electronic Sports Federation on Sep 19th. He says his organization will pursue Olympics status for electronic sports. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the president of the Olympic Council of Asia, expresses his opinion about Kenneth Fok’s statenent. He says "OCA has been committed for inheriting, developing and improving sports activities in Asia, propagandizing promoting and popularizing rising sports to ensure that Asia comes out in global Olympic sports developing movement. We are glad to hear that AESF elects new president and leadership team, I strongly believe that leading by new leadership team, especially by President Fok, ASEF will make a difference for Asian esports, in particularly for improving popularity and recognition of esports in Asia, to add value for the society and Asian Olympic sports. In addition, I am glad that Alisports and Duo Sports Group can be parts of organization team in Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan and I look forward for help brought by Alisports for their advanced concepts of digital sports and their strength and experience of organizing sports competition, especially esports competition.

20 September 2017

Kenneth Fok elected new President of Asian Electronic Sports Federation

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, September 19, 2017: Hong Kong’s Kenneth Fok has been elected as the new President of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF).

Euro News interviews AESF President Kenneth Fok
Kenneth Fok, who is currently the Vice-President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong and also a Member of the International Relations Committee of the Olympic Council of Asia, replaces Kazakhstan’s Natalya Sipovich, who announced her resignation during an AESF Executive Board meeting held during the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.

Mrs Natalya had served as AESF President for a decade and oversaw the successful inclusion of electronic sports into the AIMAG from 2013.

"It has been my great honour to serve as President, but after 10 years I think it is time for a younger person to take over because this is a sport that really belongs to younger people," she said.

Kenneth Fok, who holds a Degree in Economics and Management from Oxford University, was elected unopposed as the new AESF President.

He paid tribute to Mrs Sipovich, describing the outgoing AESF leader as a "trailblazer", and vowing to build on her legacy.

"This is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, especially in Asia, and we plan to take the sport to new heights," he said.

"These are exciting times because technology is changing so quickly, so it’s important that we work with our partners and expand our scope beyond today."

The AESF meeting also saw the appointment of five Vice-Presidents, one from each of the five Asian regions.

West Asia – Sheikh Abdullah Faleh Al Thani from Qatar
Central Asia – Mr. Saken Mussaibekov from Kazakhstan
South Asia – Lokesh Suji from India
ASEAN – Dr. Tran Van Manh from Vietnam
East – the position will be allocated to China and to be confirmed later through its NOC