Japan to Open Its First Esports High School in Spring

Japan to Open Its First Esports High School in Spring

Japan is welcoming its first-ever esports high school, named Esports Koutou Gakuin, in April, with its official site now up and running.

The school will be located in Shibuya and is supported by telecoms giant NTT’s esports outfit, as well as the esports team owned by Tokyo Verdy, the Japanese professional soccer team.

The esports high school is outfitted with 40 Galleria XA7C-R37 gaming PCs with an Intel Core i7-11700 and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 graphics cards.

The teachers are esports players and industry types, who will provide their expertise to the high schoolers. Professional esports players, members of NTT, and Tokyo Verdy will make up the school’s staff.

Students won’t just study video games, but also learn the standard Japanese high school curriculum. There is also an individual study program for those who have struggled with standard instruction.

The high school’s website lists an array of careers for future graduates, including VR creator, game writer, 3DCG designer, game designer, special effects creator, and programmer. Some of these choices might need further education at either a specialty school or university. Other career options include streamer and esports pro.

In January, the school will hold an open campus at its location in Shibuya.

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