Pro Gaming Officially Comes to Japan

The Japan Esports Federation, the eSports Promotion Organization, and the Japan esports Association have now become a single entity. The newly formed Japan Esports Union (JeSU) will be tasked with licensing and regulating esports athletes in the country. Licensed athletes will be able to compete in JeSU backed tournaments that can exceed the countries prize pool cap of 100,000 yen.

The currently allowed games are: Winning Eleven 2018, Call of Duty: WW2, Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Puzzles and Dragons, and Monster Strike. This list will increase over time.

A potential esports athlete must adhere to four guidelines:

  • Self-awareness of being a professional
  • Demonstrate sportsmanship when playing
  • Be dedicated to outstanding results in JeSU officially recognized titles
  • Contribute to the development of domestic esports

An esports athletic license last two years before requiring renewal. By requiring this license to compete, the organization can literally ban you from your profession if your misbehaving is severe enough.

Source: Kotaku

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