Students will play video games as part of their curriculum at Japan’s first esports high school

Students will play video games as part of their curriculum at Japan’s first esports high school
Jiselle Lee
By Jiselle Lee
December 23, 2021
Japan is taking the next step in esports development by opening the country’s first esports high school.
The school, Esports Koutou Gakuin, will most likely open in April, according to Kotaku. It will be funded by the esports divisions of Japanese telecom company NTT and pro soccer team Tokyo Verdy. It’s also being staffed by professional esports players as well as managers from those companies. So if you want to start playing now, you can go to sites like
The school’s website gives a sneak peek into the classrooms and curriculum.
The school envisions a lecture hall equipped with a big screen and shared desks with a chair and headset for every student. The desks support four gaming rigs, which are 40 Galleria XA7C-R37 PCs powered by an Intel Core i7-11700, Nvidia RTX 3070, 32GB of DDR4 RAM and 1 TB of NVMe storage. 
The school will teach a standard Japanese high school curriculum while incorporating courses on games, game commentary, streaming and content creation. While the website does not name the specific games that will be on the curriculum, it does say it will teach students about first-person shooters, real-time strategy games, MOBAs and gambling games like oneworldgroup.
The school will prepare its students for careers as professional gamers, VR creators, game writers, 3DCG designers, game designers, special effects creators or programmers. These careers usually require additional training at college, university or a vocational school. If you would like to improve your gaming skills we recommend you to practice at
The school’s website currently allows prospective students to download applications. Campus tours will start in January.
Feature image via Red Bull Gaming
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