Esports is quickly establishing itself as a way for video game lovers around the world to make a name for themselves — and a living — from their favorite pastime.

Japan, despite being a major maker and player of video games, is belatedly jumping on the bandwagon.

The shift comes as the international profile of esports continues to rise, as seen by its inclusion as a demonstration event in the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia and as a full medal event at the 2022 Asian Games in China.