National Esports Championships to begin from April 18, squad will be picked for Asian Games

Esports has been included as the medal event for the first time at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou. Nikhil Kalro/ESPN

India's esports squad for the upcoming Asian Games will be selected from the National Esports Championships, which will begin on April 18.

The tournament was supposed to start on April 4 but now the deadline for registrations has been extended till April 15.

There will be competitions in DOTA 2, Hearthstone, FIFA22, Street Fighter V and League of Legends. Professional esports athletes as well as enthusiasts from across the country can register themselves.

The winners of NESC 22 will participate in the AESF's Road to Asian Games - Regional Qualifiers (June-July, 2022), which are being held for seeding at the main event in China.

Irrespective of the outcome of the regional qualifiers, all players will compete at the main event at Asian Games. Esports has been included as the medal event for the first time at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

"We urge all esports athletes to participate in large numbers and become a part of this historical event where esports is making its debut as a medal event in Asian Games," ESFI president Vinod Tiwari said.

In the last Asian Games held in 2018 when esports was included as a demonstration event, India's Tirth Mehta clinched the bronze medal in Hearthstone.