The news that the Japanese government is set to collaborate with gaming companies and legal experts to formulate guidelines to promote esports in the country is some welcome good news.

 

Such an initiative is likely to increase social participation, and will help revitalise companies such as Nintendo, Sony and Konami, all of which are based in the country.

The organisation of large scale tournaments as well as dealing with legal issues concerning the intellectual property of game developers, will form part of the remit for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

They’re hoping to increase esports revenues via various sources, with a target of £2.1bn set for 2025 at the latest.

A greater use of 5g technology and more game developers entering the marketplace should see a further boom in Esports, and as such the market is expected to grow significantly.

To date, however, legal restrictions have limited the sports’ growth.

Indeed, despite Japan appearing to be the most forward thinking of nations, until recently they still had a law which meant that tournaments featuring significant prize money could not be held.

In more good news for the sport, the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) has confirmed that Esports will be an official medal event at the 2021 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games for the first time.

Back in 2017, a demonstration of Esports as an event was given, and this move, recognised by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), will ensure that Esports’ drive into mainstream multi-event competitions continues.

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