E-sports is not that popular in Japan.
DOTA2やLeague of Legendsなどをプレイしている人はあまり多くないですし、Fortniteは流行っていますがPS4とかSwitchで友達と楽しく遊ぶだけの人がほとんどです。
There aren’t many people playing DOTA2 or League of Legends, and while Fortnite is popular, most people just enjoy playing with friends on PS4 or Switch.
However, “fighting game” has been popular since the 90s.
There are arcades in every town in Japan, and since fighting games are the most popular genre, various competitions are held every year.
Like this video, professional players sometimes play games to entertain the audience.
↑Probably, one of the most famous videos in fighting games
As you can see in e-sports rankings, Japan isn’t strong except for fighting games.
The player in the video and newspaper above is called Daigo Umehara(梅原大吾).
Probably, he is the most well-known e-sports fighting-gamer in Japan.
You can also say 格ゲー for 格闘ゲーム(fighting game), ゲーセン for ゲームセンター(arcade) as shorter slang words.
If you go to Japan, ゲーセン is one of the most recommended places to visit! ^^
By the way, every time I play StreetFighter games, I feel very sorry to Indian people and Brazilian people… ><
He teleports and punches opponents saying “Yoga! Yoga! Yoga!“.
I wonder what yoga is..
Pakistan and Tekken 7?
Did you know Pakistani Tekken players currently dominate Japanese/world competitions?
In 2019, an unknown Pakistani person won the Japanese national competition and he said “In my country, I’m not the strongest. There are many players stronger than me.”
Then, more Pakistani players were invited in the 2019 world championships held in Japan, and the Pakistani players perfectly dominated the competition.
In Pakistan, online matches weren’t popular due to the speed and stability of their connections, so people played at arcades. Also, there were visa issues, too. That was why those hidden strongest players in the world hadn’t been unveiled until 2019.