Japan Football Association gets into eSports

Posted on: Sep 06, 2018 By smartlaunch in News and trends,

The Japan Football Association (JFA) has taken its biggest step yet in Japan’s eSports scene, joining the Japan Esports Union (JESU) as co-host of the newly established eSports competition in the cultural program at the 2019 National Sports Festival in Ibaraki Prefecture.

The inaugural Inter Prefectural eSports Championship will be contested in three-on-three matches of the popular Konami title Winning Eleven (known overseas as Pro Evolution Soccer). The championship will take place across two divisions, with one reserved for high school students and the other open to any participant.

JFA chairman Kozo Tashima believes that increasing the number of tournaments will be key to legitimizing eSports in Japan. Tashima cited progressive involvement in eSports by FIFA and other soccer leagues and clubs around the world and defined the collaboration with the JESU as as a way to expand the organization’s reach across Japan. The JESU and JFA will hold qualifiers for the National Sports Festival from April to July, using prefectural football associations to coordinate the events.


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