Daigo: 'I want to continue as a pro gamer until it's become accepted', Japanese TV show explores Umehara's home, his daily routines and more

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • February 2, 2014 at 9:05 a.m. PST

Yesterday, a Japanese TV show did a report on pro gaming, and of course chose Japan's first official pro gamer, Daigo Umehara, as the subject of their report.


In this report, cameras follow Daigo around for one day, examining his daily life and his routines.

Hit the jump for more details as well as the video itself.

Since the video itself is in Japanese and has no subtitles, we've added a few notes below regarding points of interest.

• As a child, Daigo's parents often told him to not spend so much time playing games.

• Daigo has no games at his home. The reason for this is that, as a pro gamer, he's afraid he'll put too much time into gaming if he keeps them at home, noting that taking breaks and resting is a very important part of staying in top form.

• Daigo explained that he goes to the gym not only because he's mindful of his own physical health, but also because he wants to go against the cultural image that people who play games only sit inside and don't exercise.

• After going to the gym and before going to his gaming spot, Daigo stops by a meeting with his publisher. Daigo has already had two books published, and it seems like a third might be in the works.

• Daigo has a separate location filled with games, as you can see in the video, and he usually stays there from when he arrives (seems to be around 6PM) until he takes the last train home at night.

• When asked what his future goals as a pro gamer are, Daigo notes that he wants to continue playing on a professional level until gaming gets accepted as a true sport/pasttime, since he believes that its current perception is generally negative.

YouTube upload courtesy of mark jon.

Story image courtesy of Honda Blog.

Thanks to DreamKing23, sarif2soon and an anonymous user for sharing this with us.

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