Japan is home to some of the strongest professional eSports teams and has an active community of players. However, it was unable to close the gap separating it from South Korea, North America and Europe because of prohibitive legislation. An old law which was supposed to protect society from the threat of gambling addiction was the main obstacle. Now the authorities have decided that it is time to repel the 1980 law and legalize professional gambling.
The Japanese government was expected to lift the ban some time ago, but it took a while to deal with the anachronistic law. This opens the way for professional tournaments for MOBA games as well as first-person shooters, fighting video games and other genres. The entire esports movement is likely to benefit from this legal change, as these competitions will attract more funds. Japan has been championing video games in general and electronic sports in particular and has plenty of professional players.
With the harmful law amended, tournament organizers can secure better sponsorship deals. Pro licenses will be issued legally and this will provide players with the incentive to make the transition from amateur to professional gaming.