E-sports isn’t Popular in Japan

E-sports isn’t Popular in Japan


E-sports is not that popular in Japan.

DOTA2やLeague of Legendsなどをプレイしているひとはあまりおおくないですし、Fortniteは流行はやっていますがPS4とかSwitchで友達ともだちたのしくあそぶだけのひとがほとんどです。
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.

流行るはやるto be popularto come into fashionto be prevalentto spread widely (e.g. disease)to be endemicto flourishto thrive
遊ぶあそぶto play (games, sports)to enjoy oneselfto have a good timeto mess about (with alcohol, gambling, philandery, etc.)to be idleto do nothingto be unusedto meet up (with friends)to hang outto give oneself up (to gambling, drinking, etc.)to go to (for pleasure or for study)to tease (somebody)to play (with)to intentionally throw a ball to lower the batter’s concentration
格闘かくとうhand-to-hand fightinggrapplingscuffling
まち… street… quarter… district
人気にんきpopularitypublic favorcondition (e.g. market)tonecharacternature
毎年まいとしaverage (normal, ordinary) yearevery yearannually
色々いろいろvariousall sorts ofvariety ofvarious colors (colours)
大会たいかいmass meetingconventionrallyconferenceassemblygatheringtournamentcompetitioncontestmeetgrand event
開くひらくto opento undoto unsealto unpackto bloomto unfoldto spread outto open (for business, e.g. in the morning)to be wide (gap, etc.)to widento hold (meeting, party, etc.)to giveto opento found (nation, dynasty, sect, etc.)to open (a new business)to set upto establishto startto open (ports, borders, etc.)to open (an account)to open up (new land, path, etc.)to clearto developto open (a file, etc.)to extract (root)to reduce (equation)to cut open (fish)to change (kanji into hiragana)to flare (e.g. skirt)to slacken (into a poor posture)
動画どうがvideomoviemoving pictureanimationanimated cartoonin-betweens (animation)
選手せんしゅplayer (sports)athleteteam member
時々ときどきsometimesat times
楽しむたのしむto enjoy (oneself)



↑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.


鉄拳てっけん」をらないひとでもわかる! パキスタンぜい異次元いじげんつよ理由

5 comments on “E-sports isn’t Popular in Japan

  1. man, i swear Japan sounds like such a weird place

    1. I have the same opinion to you, lol

  2. I’m Brazilian, and I don’t really care about Blanka… it’s just a character, it’s all fiction.

    I do think he’s pretty a pretty lame fighter, though.

    1. Hi! Thanks for the comment! I’m glad to hear that! ^^

  3. I used to play Tekken 3 a lot

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