Tokyo Metro Govt to Hold Its 1st Esports Event in FY 2019

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 7 (Jiji Press)--The Tokyo metropolitan government will hold its first event for esports, or competitive computer games as sports, sometime in the year from April, it was learned Monday.

The metropolitan government will include 50 million yen for related costs in its draft budget for fiscal 2019, aiming to promote the rapidly growing esports industry and support small and midsize companies in the field, metropolitan government officials said.

The date and location of the event have yet to be fixed. The metropolitan government plans to set up booths at the venue to introduce related companies.

The esports industry has a broad ecosystem, including content such as games and animation, and is viewed as a promising new growth industry. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has indicated plans to support the industry in order enhance Tokyo's ability to gain financial benefits.

Esports, said to be enjoyed by more than 100 million people around the world, allow anyone to compete on an equal footing regardless of disability, age or other attributes. They were adopted as a demonstration event at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

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