Esports facility for senior citizens to open in Japan on July 2
Besides teaching members how to play, ISR e-Sports staff will also provide them with gameplay support.
Senior citizens are often left out of sporting activities on account of their age, but with the ease of entry and a low bar for physical prowess, esports may just be the perfect fit for them. ISR e-Sports plans to leverage this by opening an esports facility dedicated to the elderly.
Located in Kobe's Chuou Ward, the facility will be open Monday to Friday and will provide senior citizens with a safe environment for them to nurture a healthy, beginner-friendly esports experience. Members must be aged 60 and above, with gameplay sessions lasting 2-hours. Each session will also include 30 minutes of downtime to help them relax.
Besides teaching members how to play, ISR e-Sports staff will also provide them with gameplay support. The games on offer range from beginner-friendly titles with straightforward controls and mechanics, to the more popular esports titles, played across the world.
Japanese businesses are doubling down on the growth of esports in the region, providing a growing number of facilities dedicated to creating not just players but also other roles like coaches, managers, etc. A few of these projects include the Konami Creative Center Ginza (KCC Ginza) and Bandai Namco's esports arcade in Ikebukuro. Japan also held an esports tournament for the disabled in August 2019.
ISR e-Sports hopes to create new job opportunities in esports for senior citizens and even those with disabilities, giving them more ways to contribute to society.