eSports Events for Local and Foreign Gamers in Japan

Hundreds of thousands of gamers and eSports enthusiasts across the globe consider the Land of the Rising Sun as the home of world class animation and video games. With Japan’s high end technology and advanced graphics, it does not come as a surprise that the country has produced some of the world’s most iconic, influential and top-selling video games.

 

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For the past years, video gaming is regarded as a major industry in Japan. Both locals and foreign tourists have nothing but positive comments about the quality of Japanese games. Eventually, eSports also gained a certain level of popularity all over Japan. eSports which is also known as electronic sports is basically a multi-player competition using video games that is participated in by professional video gamers either as an individual player or as a team.

 

The results of a recent survey shows that 42.9 percent of Japanese people who are 18 years old and above agree that eSports games may also be considered as an official sports event while 35 percent showed support in the approval of eSports as an official extra-curricular activity for students outside the academe.

 

On the other hand, a total of 65.7 percent of the respondents expressed their opinion that they do not recognize video games in which the players merely control computers as a kind of sport. Meanwhile, over thirty percent said that eSports competitions do not have a positive effect on the education, health and well-being of the youth.

 

Nonetheless, Japan will conduct its very first eSports event that will be incorporated as a part of a cultural project known as the National Sports Festival to be held in Ibaraki Preferecture this coming October 2019. Last February, many Japanese and foreign gamers took part in an eSports event known as the Evolution Championship Series in Fukuoka city. Quite a number of Japanese gamers and eSports enthusiasts are also looking forward to participating in one of the international official eSports event which will be a part of the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

 

Reference:

Survey finds nearly 43% of people expect esports to grow in popularity in Japan

Video gaming in Japan

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