Dota 2 To Feature As Medal Event At 2021 Asian Indoor And Martial Arts Games

Vignesh Raghuram
9th Jul, 2020

Following its inclusion in the Asian Games 2018 and the SEA Games 2019, Dota 2 will also now be featured in the upcoming 2021 Asian Indoor And Martial Arts Games. Overall six esports titles — Dota 2, Arena of Valor, Legends of Runeterra, Tekken 7, Assetto Corsa, and One Lap E-Cycling will be featured as medal events in this tournament.

Details of Esports in The 2021 Asian Indoor And Martial Arts Games

The 2021 Asian Indoor And Martial Arts Games is scheduled to take place in May 2021 in Thailand. A total of 62 countries will be participating in this tournament. These include:

  • Philippines
  • India
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Australia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • China
  • Pakistan

A full list of the countries competing in this tournament can be found below.


This will be the sixth edition of the tournament. The 2021 Asian Indoor And Martial Arts Games is scheduled to take place from 21st to 30th May 2021 in Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok and the province of Chonburi. 

Previous Esports Tournaments at Asian Indoor And Martial Arts Games

This is not the first time that esports has been included in this series of tournaments. 

  • Previously, in the 2017 edition of the Asian Indoor And Martial Arts Games, Esports was included as a demonstration event and featured four games: Dota 2, Hearthstone, StarCraft II, and The King of Fighters XIV.
  • In the 2013 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games six esports titles, namely FIFA 13, Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed, StarCraft II, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, League of Legends, and Special Force were included as medal events.
  • Esports was also included as a medal event in the 2007 and 2009 Asian Indoor Games.

In March 2020, a decision was made in a meeting between the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, Thailand Electronic Sports Federation, and Olympic Committee of Thailand to include esports as a medal event in the 2021 Asian Indoor And Martial Arts Games.

In 2018, Esports was featured at the Asian Games as a demonstration sport. Originally this was supposed to lead to a full medal inclusion at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, however, esports were excluded from the final list. 

The SEA Games 2019 was the first IOC (International Olympic Committee) sanctioned event to feature esports as a medal event. 

The Philippines claimed Gold in the Dota 2 and Mobile Legends Bang Bang (MLBB) tournaments at the SEA Games 2019.


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Vignesh is one of AFK Gaming’s most experienced writers, having written over 1000 articles for the website over the last 3 years. Although his primary focus has always been Dota 2, his experience in esports also includes expertise in CS:GO and mobile esports titles.