Esports in Japan: A New Kind of Esports High School is Opening in Japan from Spring 2022. These days, esports is a major business, and universities are starting to see its value. This is especially true in North America, where a growing number of institutions are beginning to offer esports and video game courses, as well as esports scholarships. Japan is taking esports seriously as well, but at the county’s first-ever esports high school, they’re attempting to attract children who are a little younger.
According to Kotaku, a one-of-a-kind high school will launch in Tokyo’s Shibuya district in April. Esports Koutou Gakuin, which translates as Esport High School, is the name of the institution.
The school is supported by the Japanese telecoms corporation NTT’s esports team and the Japanese football club Tokyo Verdy. Professional esports players and industry professionals from NTT and Tokyo Verdy will make up the team.
A total of 40 Galleria XA7C-R37 gaming PCs with Intel Core i7-11700 processors and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 graphics cards have been installed at the esports high school. While the school’s website does not specify which games pupils will play, the genres listed are what you’d expect: first-person shooter, third-person shooter, real-time strategy, and multiplayer online battle arena.
Along with their esports training in first-person shooters, third-person shooters, strategy games, and multiplayer online combat arenas, students will continue to study the traditional Japanese high school curriculum. Graduates will be prepared to work as esports pros and streamers, as well as VR producers, programmers, game writers and designers, and more, according to the school’s website.
The instructors are esports gamers and industry professionals who will share their knowledge with the high school students. The website does not specify which games would be included in the curriculum, but it does state that students will learn about first-person shooters, real-time strategy games, multiplayer online battle arenas, and third-person shooters.