Japan opens its first esports high school


Esports is becoming a big deal these days and academia is starting to recognize its value. This is true here in North America where various colleges are starting to offer esports and video game courses while some even offer esports scholarships. Japan is also taking esports seriously, but they are trying to capture slightly younger students at the county’s very first esports high school.

It’s called Esports Koutou Gakuin, which basically translates to Esports High School. This prestigious house of learning is funded by the esports divisions of the Japanese telecommunications company NTT and Tokyo Verdy, a professional soccer team. It’s also made up of professional esports players as well as types of managers from Verdy and NTT.


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Inside Esports High is an academic setting like no other. the website shows a conference room with a giant screen and desks that each support four gaming platforms. By the way, these gaming platforms are 40 Galleria XA7C-R37 PCs powered by an Intel Core i7- processor. 11700, Nvidia RTX 3070, 32GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB NVMe storage. The desks also have a variable layout to suit each student and a nice chair and headset.

Esports high school class
via Esports High School

The site doesn’t specifically mention which games will be on the program, but does say it will teach students about first-person shooters, real-time strategy games, MOBAs, and third-person shooters. .

And according to Kotaku, Esports High isn’t just about games. It will also teach a standard Japanese high school curriculum that also includes courses in games, game commentary, streaming, and content creation. Graduates’ future careers could also include a virtual reality creator, game writer, 3DCG designer, game designer, special effects creator, or programmer, although most of these will likely require training. additional to college, university or vocational school.

the site allows potential students to download apps, although specific pricing has yet to be announced. Open campus tours begin in January with the expectation that Esports High School will begin teaching students in April.

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