Caesars Entertainment has announced that it is partnering with Taito, Japan’s leading arcade game company, to jointly host an eSports tournament in Las Vegas next month.
The event is called the Toushinsai, which has been held in Japan annually since 2015. More than 6,000 players from all over the world competed at the 2018-2019 event.
The tournament will be a three-on-three single elimination in Street Fighter V. The winning team will receive a trip to Tokyo.
“Caesars Entertainment is excited to host Toushinsai competitors from around the globe,” stated John Linss, Caesars vice-president of strategic investment initiatives, “Our company has long fostered the rapidly growing eSports industry throughout our resorts, and we are happy to be collaborating with Taito to bring their e-Arcade sports qualifier to North America for the first time.”
Tetsu Yamada, president and representative director of Taito, added, “eSports is anticipated to become an important attraction for the future IRs in Japan and Caesars is an ideal partner for us given its track record of innovation in the IR industry.”
Last week an agreement was reached by which Caesars Entertainment will be purchased by Eldorado Resorts, which might impact Caesars’ posture on international IR bids in the future. For the time being, however, the company is moving forward with its established policy of proactively seeking an IR license in Japan