Microsoft Tries to Push FPS Games (and Xbox One) in Japan with FPS Championship on Halo and Call of Duty

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.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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