Students will study video games alongside the standard Japanese high school curriculum in the first-of-its-kind institution.
A first-of-its-kind specialty junior high school will be opening at the beginning of the following Japanese academic year. The new Esports Koutou Gakuin (eスポーツ高等学院), conveniently dubbed “Esport High School,” will open its doors this April in Tokyo’s trendy Shibuya district.
Powered by telecommunications giant NTT’s esports outfit and the esports team owned by Tokyo Verdy (the Japanese professional soccer team), the Esports High School will be outfitted with 40 Galleria XA7C-R37 gaming PCs with Intel Core i7-11700 processors and outfitted with Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 graphics cards.
The school’s website lists some of the game genres students will play, such as first- (FPS) and third-person shooters (TPS), real-time strategy (RTS), and multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games.
According to an article by Kotaku, in addition to the standard Japanese school curriculum, esports players and industry types will join regular teaching staff to provide their video-gaming expertise in the additional study modules.
The school will also provide an individual study program for those who have struggled with standard education.
Among the career outlets listed by the high school’s website, future graduates will be prepared to work in VR creation, game writing, 3DCG design, game design, special effects creation, and programming.
However, the school also notes that some of these career options might require further specialization in higher institutions, but no doubt these kids will have careers as streamers and esports pros in the bad even before graduation day.
Parents and hopeful candidates will have the opportunity to visit the chic, exciting new school in January – when the institution holds an open campus at its location in Shibuya. Unfortunately, the institution has not yet disclosed the fees to attend Esports High School.
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