Konami building massive eSports tower in Tokyo

Posted on: Mar 13, 2019 By smartlaunch in News and trends,

In time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Konami, the publicly-traded Japanese entertainment and gaming conglomerate, is building a new business and esports center in Ginza, Tokyo. The center, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of November 2019, will feature the latest sound, video, lighting and communication systems necessary to facilitate high-end esports events.

The Konami Creative Center Ginza, as it will be called, will be 12 stories with an additional underground floor. Reports indicate that the new tower will house an entire esports arena, an esports studio, a hardware and accessory shop and a teaching center where staff can lead courses in all facets of competitive gaming.

Konami shares the outlook that many now hold to be true for the Japanese esports industry, with people expecting esports and mainstream sports athletes to be treated equally very soon. With the world’s eyes on Tokyo as the Olympics, and especially the Paralympics, marches ever closer, Japan and Konami see this as an opportunity to further their ambitions for esports.

Konami President Kimihiko Higashio commented that “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. Compared to esports pioneers America and Europe, Japan has still a long way to go. However, looking from another angle, it means Japan has lots of room for growth. I want to show the world, from here in Ginza, that the appeal of esports will not lose to that of real-life sports.”

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