A two-day esports event will happen in Tokyo, Japan in April as announced by Gov. Yuriko Koike on January 6, 2019. This is to promote the video games and anime industries of Japan. The government plans to allocate 50 million yen budget for the event. The exact date and venue are yet to be decided. According to a report, Koike shared that the event will involve a lot of industries and will also serve as an opportunity for some companies.

Esports, also known as electronic sports, is already popular in North America, Europe, and China. It has a global market of an estimated $906 million based on the research of Newzoo. Esports was also included as a demonstration sport in the last Asian Games held in Jakarta and Palembang. After the launch of Japan Esports Union (JeSU) on February 1, 2018, esports games started gaining popularity in the country. Moreover, another esports tournament is also on its way in October 2019 that will feature “Pro Evolution Soccer 2019” to jibe with the national sports celebration.