Konami, the publicly-traded Japanese entertainment and gaming conglomerate, is building a new business and esports center in Ginza, Tokyo, which will serve as the company’s new base of operations.
According to a recent Konami press release and report by Siliconera, the Konami Creative Center Ginza, as it will be called, will be 12 stories with an additional underground floor. The report indicates that the new tower will house an entire esports arena, an esports studio, a hardware and accessory shop and a teaching center where staff can lead courses in all facets of competitive gaming.
The center, which is scheduled to be completed at the end of November 2019 (in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics), will also feature the latest sound, video, lighting and communication systems necessary to facilitate high-end esports events.
“The people who participate in esports will in the future, stand side by side with those participating in real-life sports like soccer, or even surpass them,” Konami President Kimihiko Higashio stated during the building’s bricklaying ceremony. “Compared to esports pioneers America and Europe, Japan has still a long way to go. However, looking from another angle, it means Japan has lots of room for growth.”
Given that Japan is home to several major gaming companies like Nintendo, the concerted push to boost the current esports infrastructure makes a lot of sense. Add to that the fact that Newzoo estimates 67.6 million gamers in the country spent over $19 billion on gaming products in 2018, and the potential for Japan’s esports ecosystem becomes evident.