Last week China’s esports industry saw a number of deals signed at the regional level; including partnerships with long-running local event brands, and a series A investment round for an Honor of Kings team.
Among the top stories: Hangzhou Asia Games confirmed its first 37 official sport titles, but esports were not included; NetEase announced its new esports plan for the NEXT Spring Season; ImbaTV and Douyu announce plans to co-organize a Dota Auto Chesstournament on April 9; KPL team YTG raised $1.49M in series A funding round; and PSG. LGD signed a sponsorship deal with IPASON.
On April 8, the Hangzhou Asia Games Committee announced the first 37 sports disciplines for the 2022 Hangzhou Asia Games, which will take place across Sept. 10-25 of that year. The 37 sports titles include 28 Olympic sports and seven non-Olympic sports.
It should be noted that esports has not been confirmed on the official sports list. On Aug 29, 2018, People Esports, an esports subsidiary media platform owned by governmental media outlet People.cn, posted a statement on Weibo that esports will become an official sporting discipline of the Hangzhou Asia Games. The statement has been viewed over 3M times according to Weibo status and has not been deleted at the time of writing. This news was widely reported across western media.
In 2018, esports was incorporated as a demonstration sport in