Partnership for the Integration and Establishment of eSports – Tokyo

Partnership for the Integration and Establishment of eSports - Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan December 13, 2017 — Computer Entertainment Supplier’s
Association (CESA), Japan Online Game Association (JOGA), the eSports
organizations of Japan eSports Association (JeSPA), eSports Promotion
Organization and Japan eSports Federation (JeSF), have previously
announced on September 19, 2017 that we have joined forces in order
to create a unified eSports association for the purpose of promoting
industrial development, as well as the overall growth of eSports.

The five organizations listed above are currently collaborating in
an effort to consolidate all three eSports organizations, with the
intent of establishing one unified eSports body.

It is essential for this newly formed organization to develop firm
standards and display them to society. Striving to be a driving force
for the promotion and healthy development of eSports, we are presently
working on creating regulations for issuance of professional licenses.

At this time, we are pleased to announce that these 3 eSports bodies
will be completely integrated by early next spring.

Additionally, our newly formed organization will co-host with
Dwango Co., Ltd. and Gz Brain Inc, game event “Tokaigi 2018”,
which will be held jointly with “Japan Amusement Expo (JAEPO) 2018”
in February 2018.

At the upcoming “Tokaigi”, plans are being made to hold an eSports
event in which professional licenses will be issued, for the very first
time.

Regarding the issuance of pro licenses, in addition to providing them
to high-level players meeting the skill requirements, we are also
considering adding a provision making it possible for athletes who
have participated in past eSports competitions, to obtain pro license
with the recommendation and approval from the publisher.

It is our belief that such measures will ensure that fairness and
diversity in the process to obtain pro licensing. We will keep you
updated on any new developments.