FPS games aren’t exactly the most popular genre in Japan, even if their appeal has been on a very gradual rise in the past few years. Yet, Microsoft came up with a new way to push the genre, alongside the FPS offering on Xbox One, with the Japanese FPS Championship 2014.
The championship will focus on two games on Xbox One: Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
Registrations from the championship will open on November 13th. Halo: The Master Chief Collection‘s qualifying round will be done online on December 13th, while Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare‘s will go down the day after on the 14th. Finalists for both games will battle for victory in a not yet specified venue in Tokyo on December 27th. The finals will also be broadcasted on Nico Nico Douga.
The prizes awarded to the winners will be a trophy, T-shirts and Xbox gift cards for a value of 50,000 yen (about $440).
It’ll be interesting to see the turnout for the tournament, considering that FPS games aren’t what you’d consider smash hits in Japan, and the Xbox One is currently trudging with three-digit weekly sales in the country.