Japanese Esports Team Consists of Senior Citizens
Matagi Snipers which is Based in Akita, the 8 person team is Japan’s first elder esports professional team, packed with a sponsor and everything.
The team was founded as a way to show the health advantages of esports for older adults, as well as to influence the grandkids. NHK reports that 21 people applied to join the team, but only 8 made the team. The hopefuls were chosen on their gaming aptitude, even if they weren’t significantly huge gamers—or at all.
“Up until now, I never played video games,” said 67-year-old member Eba. She added that once she began playing, she felt that gaming was preventative for cognitive impairment, by having her move her hands and eyes together, as well as discussing strategy with her teammates while playing games. All of this has helped keep her attentive.
The Matagi Snipers, players ages between 66 to 73, is not the first esports team for older adults. Back in 2017, the Lenovo-sponsored Silver Snipers made a big splash by being a Counter-Strike team loaded with over-60s players.
Showing a more comprehensive range of people playing makes esports more inclusive. In 20202 Japan, an esports facility for senior citizens called ISR Esports began in Kobe. Catering to people over 60, the facility tries to introduce video games to beginners. One 88-year-old man, who has been going to ISR Esports for the past year, admitted that he earlier didn’t really like games. Now, however, he sees they are quite pleasant. “That’s because there are lots of different types,” he told Japan’s ABC TV.
Playing three times a week, the Matagi Snipers are slated to start streaming this October. The aim is to join tournaments and win. Practicing three times a week seems light by esports standards, but this team does show the need for more senior teams—and leagues. Present-day pros cannot play at the same level forever, and perhaps as they age, they’d still like to compete.