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JESU to test local esports in Asia Challenge Cup

By Aaron Oh eSports 24 Jan 2019

The Japan Esports Union (JESU) has partnered with the Asia Esports Federation (AESF) to organize an Asia Challenge Cup.

As public perception of esports in Japan continues to improve, the JESU has kicked things up a notch by pitting a selection of Japanese esports teams against the rest of Asia in an Asia Challenge Cup tournament. The Asian selection of teams and player representatives were decided by the AESF.

According to, Winning Eleven 2019, CS:GO, and SFV Arcade Edition were among the first few titles announced to be part of the games lineup at the Asia Challenge Cup. Overwatch for the PC is the latest addition to this list.

With a ¥15,000,0000 (around $137,000) prize pool, the Asia Challenge Cup will take place on January 26-27 as part of the 2019 Japan Amusement Expo.

The tournament will feature several series in the best-of-five (Bo5) format. According to recent reports from appvs, we have learned the player selections from both regions:

Japan Selection (Team Jupiter) comprising of:

  • Sean Taiyo “ta1yo” Henderson
  • Ryoma “Sabagod” Tsuji
  • rayu
  • Takahiro “CLAIRE” Watanabe
  • “Kenji “AmeKen” Hisano ”
  • Kazuki “SamuraiD” Nouno

Asian selection (Xavier Esports) rostered by:

  • Thanadol “thk” Kitautcharanukul
  • Narat “QueEn” Hirunwatit
  • Thanaporn “Oliver” Wattanapholmongkol,
  • Patiphan “Patiphan” Chaiwong
  • Thitikorn “THITIKORN” Sisamarng
  • Kampanat “tae” Thongjaeng

JESU Vice President Kouichi Hamamura commented:

“In an international competition like this where Japanese representatives carry the weight of the country’s hopes to compete against other global greats, each competition for each IP will provide a different sort of tension and fired-up feeling.”

There was talk about the JESU’s continued involvement in preparing Japanese esports to make an appearance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The popularity of esports in Japan is timely, particularly as the rest of Asia continues to record tremendous interest in esports. This competition should elevate or at least provide the JESU with a gauge of the competitive talent pool within the local esports scene in relation to her neighbors.

The full schedule and further details of the Asia Challenge Cup can be found on the official press release.

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