Japan’s First All-Senior Citizen Esports Team Is Here To Kick-Ass
The Matagi Snipers is a new esports group based in Akita, Japan. It features a team of professional older players who want to prove that they can make it big. It’s possible to be this cool.
One stereotypical image of a gamer would be a young boy holding a controller in each hand, sat too close to the TV and his eyes lit up by sci-fi battles. You and I both know that it is difficult to define a “stereotypical” gamer.
According to recent research, the average British sexagenarian spends more than 400 hours per year playing video games. This is not just Candy Crush, as many of them love Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto and Call Of Duty . So, the announcement that a new Japanese esports team was made up of OAPs from Japan is equally wholesome and exciting.
Eight players, ranging in age from 66 to 73, were selected from a pool that included more than 20 applicants for the Matagi Snipers. NHK said that the players were chosen for their ability and potential skill, rather than how often they played videogames. One of the members of the team had never even tried the hobby.
Eba said, “Up to now, I have never played video games.” Eba didn’t let this stop her from playing video games. Gaming engaged her hand-eye coordination and allowed her to form strategies with her team. She could clearly see the benefits of gaming in her quest to prevent and treat any age-related problems.
It’s an inspiring tale, but it’s not the only one. Kotaku adds that there’s a Kobe introductory training center for seniors who want to go into gaming. The Silver Snipers, a Counter Strike professional team, are known by nicknames such as “Knitting Knight,” and “Berra-Bang”, as well “Teen Slayer”.
The Matagi Snipers will be streaming live on Twitch in the next month. They are currently practicing together three times per week and aim to win tournaments. We are keeping our fingers crossed.