Tokyo Is Getting An Esports Gym

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This month, an establishment calling itself “Esports Gym” will open in Tokyo. It claims to be the first in the country.

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According to the official release (via Sankaku Complex (NSFW)), the Tokyo Metro is one of the founders of the establishment, a business that also claims to differ from other gaming establishments.

Here, members pay a monthly fee (just like at a traditional gym!) and can even take lessons from esports pros. The hope, I guess, is that the Esports Gym can train a new generation of players.

Illustration for article titled Tokyo Is Getting An Esports Gym
Image: PR Times

The place doesn’t look that big and only has about 12 computers. Not only is the Tokyo Metro one of the founders of the Esports Gym, but also esports start-up Gecipe, which also teaches esports English.

This isn’t the only business of late hoping to cash in on esports. As Kotaku previously reported, Konami launched an esports school last year.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

DISCUSSION

daedeus
Daedeus

Anyone else think of this as a pokemon gym?  Fight the lackeys until you can make it to the leader.  Win and get a badge!