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Nippon TV enters eSports business with launch of eSports team AXIZ and new eSports show "eGG"!

Nippon TV enters eSports business with launch of eSports team AXIZ and new eSports show "eGG", which is available for international sales as a finished program.
Marks the first time a television broadcaster in Japan will own an eSports team and produce an eSports show.

Launch of eSports team AXIZ

Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV) established AX Entertainment, Inc. as a new eSports subsidiary company and will enter the field through eSports team AXIZ. Players for AXIZ will spearhead the efforts to bring excitement to Japan's eSports scene through various activities such as participating in professional leagues and appearing in linear TV shows.

■AXIZ's genres, leagues, and players
AXIZ is a multi-gaming team that is comprised of professional gamers from various genres. "Card games" will be the first category to be established, and the team will participate in RAGE Shadowverse Pro League, a professional online card game battleground.

■Meaning of team name and logo
AXIZ is based on the word "axis" and was selected as the team name with the hope that it will become the central figure in the world of eSports. The team logo is based on a narwhal, known for its tusk that extends towards the sky. It represents our ambition of powerfully reaching the pinnacle of success.
Official team website:https://axiz.gg/
Team Twitter:https://twitter.com/AXIZ_gg
@AXIZ_gg
■Company overview
Name:AX Entertainment, Inc.
Main businesses:Operation of eSports team
Contractual agreements between tournament organizers and team/players
Operation of team website, social media, and online streaming
Launch of eSports show "eGG"

Set to debut is "eGG" (eSports Good Game), a brand new show that aims to deliver the latest in the world of eSports and shape its course in Japan.

Good Game (GG) is an eSports greeting in recognition of a good fight

■Program contents
Top professionals appear as guests and demonstrate their skills in one segment of the show. In another, players' real lives are documented as they go through selection rounds until finally becoming professionals. Along with the latest news on the world of eSports, this show will present everything worth knowing about this exciting field in an easily understandable fashion. This show is available as a finished program.

■Program overview
Broadcast schedule:July 19, 2018 (Thu) starting at 12:59 am (one 50-minute episode a month)
Program website:https://www.ntv.co.jp/eGG/
Program Twitter:https://twitter.com/eGG_esports @eGG_esports
Streamed online on:Nittele Muryo (TADA), TVer, GYAO!, Hulu Japan, OPENREC

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Nippon TV announced that the company has established AX Entertainment, Inc., a new eSports subsidiary company that will create its first eSports team AXIZ, a multi-gaming team comprised of professional gamers from various genres. The first competition will be card games where the team will participate in RAGE Shadowverse Pro League, a professional online card game battleground. In addition, the company will also debut its first 50-minute eSports show eGG (eSports Good Game) which will feature top professionals and documentation of players' going through selection rounds, as well as the latest news on the world of eSports. The show will present everything worth knowing about the exciting field in an easily understandable fashion. It is set to stream online on Nippon TV's Catch Up service, Hulu Japan, TVer, GYAO!, and OPENREC . The show is available as a finished program for international sales.
"As the demographic of television viewers in Japan continues to age, Nippon TV is faced with limited opportunities to come into contact with the younger generations in their 10s and early 20s who do not spend time in front of the small screen," commented Nippon TV's eSports project team. "We decided to actively create opportunities to reach the non-TV viewing demographic by entering the globally-expanding eSports arena, a business model that focuses on the youth and enables them to be the primary players and audiences."

Players for AXIZ will spearhead the efforts to bring excitement to Japan's eSports scene through various activities such as participating in professional leagues and appearing in linear TV shows. AXIZ is based on the word 'axis' and was selected as the team name with the hope that it will become the central figure in the world of eSports. The team logo is based on a narwhal, known for its tusk that extends towards the sky representing Nippon TV's ambition of powerfully reaching the pinnacle of success.

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