If the thought of an Esports gym conjures images of weight racks filled with various-sized controllers and finger-flexing equipment, think again. Here, the gym will feature a long and Esports space composed of twelve gaming PCs, complete with gaming chairs and headsets. Players can casually practice their trade here, but where the gym mindset comes into play is through the training; the gym will be the first in the country to offer paid coaching sessions from professional Esports players, with coaches hailing from Crest Gaming, Glory be Esports, and Delta.
The thought of walking into such a space might sound rather intimidating if you’re not an avid gamer, but it will actually cater to players of all levels, from beginner to advanced, and they will be able to enrol in training, both in-person or online, with students even having the opportunity to become professional Esports players. Through an online course delivered to students, those who are advanced and pass the course could tryout for Crest Gaming.
While it sounds like every gamer’s dream, the facility is set to open in the coming weeks and will offer regular afternoon hours during the week, with full-day hours on weekends. For those who now find themselves in Japan, know that the PCs will be outfitted with five of the country’s most popular games: VALORANT, League of Legends, Identity V, Rainbow Six Siege, and Puyo Puyo Champions.
For approximately $65 AUD per month, players can register as a regular gym member and have daily access to PCs in three-hour time slots. Coaching from professional Esports players can then be added on for a further $33 per hour. For those wishing to skip the contract completely, three-hour time slots are available for $17, but you won’t be able to do professional coaching unfortunately.
Tokyo Metro and Gecipe have since said they plan on opening more gyms and adding more services too, and we can only hope that some day in the not-so-distant future, an Esports gym might just make its way to Australia, too.