Japan’s first ever esports training gym will be opening in Tokyo. The gym, which will be simply known as Esports Gym, is set to open on the 19th of May in the Akabane neighborhood of Kita Ward, in the northern part of Tokyo.
Tokyo Metro, Inc. and esports facilitator Gecipe have partnered to foster a culture of joint development in, and appreciation of, Tokyo through esports. They hope to one day create a world where anyone and everyone can enjoy serious esporting whenever they want.
The Esports Gym is intended to be not only a place for esports players for casual practice, but to also serious training; the gym is expected to be the first one in the country to offer paid coaching sessions from professional esports players. Coaches will come from Crest Gaming, Glory be esports, and Delta, all champion teams in various games.
Players of all levels, from beginner to advanced, can enrol for training, either in-person or online, and students can even aim to become professional esports players. There will be a special online course for advanced students that, if passed, could lead to tryouts for Crest Gaming.
The gym is also planning to hold free-play events and esports lessons on the weekends and holidays. Tokyo Metro and Gecipe also intend to add more services to the gym, to open more gyms, and to hold more esporting events in the future.