Konami plans to boost the popularity of esports in Japan by introducing a new building dedicated entirely to the pursuit.
Reports said ‘The Konami Creative Center’ will be 12 stories high. This is going to be huge – being this big will allow a lot of space for many people to come and test out the wide range of eSports games. The main goal is to boost numbers in the eSports scene, as the likes of Korea looks to dominate in major tournaments. This is a new initiative sparked by the Japanese eSports Union.
“I want to show the world, from here in Ginza, that the appeal of eSports will not lose to that of real-life sports,” president of Konami, Kimihiko Higashio said (as reported by Siliconera).
The building will include brand new and up to date gaming equipment, colourful lights and state-of-the-art communication systems, and well as merchandise on sale. They will also be offering staff who can teach those who want to learn how to be the best players on the scene; this just shows how passionate Konami are about this and why they want everyone to experience eSports whilst growing it in Japan.
With the rush to bring it in however, we won’t see a change until at least November 2020 as they look to have it complete in time for the Tokyo Olympics. Higashio stated: “The people who participate in eSports will in the future, stand side by side with those participating in real-life sports like soccer, or even surpass them.”