Japan has always been a great country for themed hotels and cafes, but this sure takes the cake. We're not sure if you can call it a relaxing holiday to look out for, but I think any e-sports enthusiast will want to plan their next trip here. That's right, get ready for an e-sports hotel.
e-ZONe Denno Kukan (which literally means “electric mind space,” the Japanese term for “cyberspace”) is going to be an eight-story structure, but only floors 4 through 8 have guestrooms. The first three floors are instead a massive e-sports gaming area, with over 70 high-spec PCs and live-streaming equipment.
The hotel will be opening in the downtown Nipponbashi district of Osaka, the same city where Capcom and SNK, Japan’s premier fighting game developers and thus the granddaddies of the country’s competitive gaming community, have their headquarters based.
The hotel’s owners say it’s the perfect accommodation for travelers who want to dip their toes in the esports world, hold in-person gatherings with online friends, or stay someplace that lets them continue practicing if they’re in Osaka to compete in a tournament.
No price has been announced for the 94-bed hotel yet, but considering that the building’s basement is going to have shared shower facilities, and based on the young average age of e-sports enthusiasts, odds are e-ZONe Denno Kukan’s rates will be on the affordable side when it starts receiving guests in April of 2020.
If you're keen to book a room at some point, here's the official address:
e-ZONe Denno Kukan / e-sports hotel e-ZONe ～電脳空間～
Address: Osaka-fu, Osaka-shi, Naniwa-ku, Nipponbashi 4-9