Goon Gaming Esports

Notice: From September 1st, there will be a new policy. If there are no customers after 9 pm, the store will be closed early. Of course, for those who come before 9 o'clock, it is usually good to stay until the closing time. If you wish to come after 9pm, please call in advance and we will stay open for you or your group.

Goon Gaming Esports Hours of Operation

Monday, Tuesday 2:00pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday closed
Thursday, Friday 2:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm - 12:00am
Sunday 12:00pm - 11:00pm

Contact Information

Phone: 042-850-8995
E-mail address: customersupport@goongamingesports.com

Our Office Business Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 2:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm - 12:00am
Sunday 12:00pm - 11:00pm

About Us


Hi! Thanks for taking an interest in our company! Please feel free to mouse over or click any underlined words for images. There are some pretty old references here!

My name is Michael J. Gibson and I am the founder of Goon Gaming Esports. I started this company because I've been a gamer for almost my entire life and have a passion for video games. Ever since I was 4 years old, when I started gaming on what would be considered an antique today, a Commodore VIC 20 home computer I've been very interested in video games.

That was 35 years ago. I got a lot of great memories and enjoyment from playing on that system. After that my Dad got an NES home entertainment system for Christmas when I was around 7 years old. Luckily, he shared it with the whole family though, so I spent a lot of time playing games like Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, and Final Fantasy. At this point, I was pretty much hooked on gaming.

I got my first PC when I was 12 years old. It was an IBM Aptiva 486SX with a 33Mhz processor, and 4 MB of RAM running Windows 3.1 and DOS 6.0. This was a dinosaur of computers compared to what we have today. However, it was good enough to play games like Wolfenstein 3d, Commander Keen, Doom and Battle Chess, so I was pretty happy.

Since then, I've been dabbling in computers and building my own computer systems for about 27 years. I studied Information Technology in University, and I worked as a technician at a computer shop. Over the many years though I’ve always been a gamer and I've played quite a few systems and games. I was a big fan of Nintendo systems in my early years, having grown up on the NES, and Super NES (Super FamiCom in Japan). After that there was a long list games and systems here that I've played over the years. Let’s just put it this way. I’ve played on almost every different system, and I’ve played hundreds of games.

Gaming has come a long way since the Commodore, which had 8-bit graphics if I recall correctly, and so have I. For many years, I wanted to start a business, exactly like this. I first became interested in esports about 23 years go, when I played a game called Quake. I played that game online, on a 56k dialup modem, with a 400-600 ping, if I was lucky. It was pretty hard to hit a moving target because of the latency and tremendous packet loss, but the fun of shooting at other players in an FPS game was something I had never really experienced before on this scale. I knew this was the beginning of something amazing. I played the original Doom and Doom II games before that, connecting by dialup modem with friends down the street, one computer directly to another, but that wasn’t quite the same as when the Internet came along and you'd have as many as 10 people gunning for each other.

The Internet changed gaming profoundly. Game series like Quake, Diablo, StarCraft, Warcraft, Star Wars Jedi Knight Dark Forces II, Tribes, Call of Duty, etc. were some of the forefathers of the kinds of games we have today. The internet has improved vastly from the days of dialup, and so have the games. As these things grew, so did something called esports.

The first game I ever played truly competitively online was Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II. But that game was somewhat of a mess, with rampant cheating problems. Later on, though, I got into a game called Tribes, which had its share of cheaters too, but it wasn’t quite as bad. This game had some serious competition with ladder ranking systems, and occasional events. Our team had a roster of 16 players, and matches were 10 vs 10. At this time though, tournaments for significant amounts of prize money were unheard of, except for maybe QuakeCon. After Tribes, came Tribes 2 which I also played competitively, on a top team, even reaching the rank of #1 on the ladder system we played on. I also went to my first LAN event with my Tribes 2 team in a city called Chantilly, West Virginia, Washington, USA. It was a 20 hour road trip with 2 other Tribes 2 players, one of whom was on my team. 14 members of my team all made it to the event from all over the USA and places in Canada. It was a wild experience, playing my favorite game with 400 other gamers in the same room. My team won the event, getting first place. We won a small sum of money because this event was more for fun than for money. We won just $100 each, but it was a great experience, one that I'll never forget.

Anyway, after I stopped playing Tribes 2 because the player base had slowly died out and my team of years, was retiring, I thought back to that event in West Virginia. Over the years, esports continued to grow, and I had an idea. I decided I wanted to open an esports center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada which was where I was living at the time. I gave it my best shot. I wrote a 36-page business plan and presented it to the bank to obtain a government sponsored entrepreneurial business loan for small businesses. I even had my Dad there to help me with the meeting because he was a lot more knowledgeable about finances than I was.

It turns out though if you want to borrow money from the bank, you still need to have a lot of your own money to invest. Even with my savings and money my family was willing to invest, it wasn't enough. So, although I learned a lot from the experience, it turned out this just wasn’t going to be my moment. I put the dream on the shelf, and went back to working regular jobs.

About a year later, I found myself leaving for Japan because I met someone online who I wanted to be with and although she promised to come to Canada some day, I didn't feel like waiting. So instead, I went to Japan, where we eventually got married, and I worked as an English teacher for a few different English schools for a few years. Eventually, we realized we could start our own business, my wife and I, which is what we did. It was mostly her business idea though. She wanted to start a Daycare for kids because she has always been interested in education and teaching. About 5 years later, we started an after-school daycare for school aged children so our daycare kids would have a place to continue their English education. Some of our top students who started in the daycare when they were very little are around 9 years old now, and have already achieved Eiken Level Pre-2. Others have reached Eiken Level 3 and 4 quite easily. So, our Daycare and after-school have been successful and we are proud of our work there.

But after these two businesses started to do well, I thought of my old business plan that I had shelved. Especially when I saw the kids in my after-school playing Minecraft together. I saw how much fun they were having and how great their interaction was. I was even amazed at how it brought kids together, that were not really friends before. One of those kids used to be shy and played by herself most of the time, but suddenly, by playing Minecraft with some of the other kids, she became popular. Now these kids play together, they plan together, work together, build together, and most importantly, they develop social skills by talking and interacting face to face. I thought, "This is so much better than kids just sitting at home playing in front of a TV." So that is what led me to the idea of Minecraft Club. Please check it out in the Clubs section of our website if you're interested!

After coming to that realization, I started doing research on what the esports scene is like today, and found it is quite a lot bigger than it was before I came to Japan. In Japan, the growth has been very slow compared to the rest of the world because of Japanese law, but that is finally starting to change. Around the rest of the world, esports had grown massively and just recently, we’ve seen news of tournaments offering prize pools of $40,000,000 USD, such as the Fortnite World Cup and Dota 2 World Championships. Coming up just before the Olympics, Japan is finally going to host a big esports event, in cooperation with Intel, with possibly the biggest prize pool ever in Japan.

It was time to bring out my old plan but with some serious updates for today's gaming scene and new ideas for social clubs for kids. I've never really put gaming behind me so it wasn't all that difficult to envision what I would build. I’ve been an avid gamer all these years while living in Japan, mostly playing online for fun or playing single player games. I’ve always been a fan of watching big gaming events online as well on Twitch and YouTube, such as League of Legends, StarCraft II, and CS:GO events. Even though I don't play those games competitively, I find them very interesting to watch and so I know how esports events and teams are run. I have a pretty broad range of knowledge about online gaming and video game hardware, even of games and systems I don’t play, and with my IT training and IT background (27 years of it) I felt confident I could create an awesome gaming environment for gamers of all types and levels.

So, with the knowledge I have, I built Goon Gaming Esports. I designed and programmed a website by myself but had some help on the logo from my brother-in-law back in Canada. He's a professional graphic designer, and he has his own business with my sister. It's called Markit Signs. Feel free to click the link and check it out. They can do graphic design work for anywhere, even for companies here in Japan!

Anyway, I picked out all of the systems, setup the software and accounts, purchased all of the equipment, and my wife helped dealing with business loans, financial details, government red tape and so on. We found a space to rent in Machida, and found a great company to renovate it for us. So, here I am at this very moment, about half way through finishing my website and writing this description. It’s all coming together quickly, and in just two months from now, we will open.

This company is going to be started in Japan, with my Japanese wife, and we intend to keep it here and make it for Japanese gamers. We want to help the esports scene grow here in Japan, and in the future, I hope to sponsor and create my own group of esports teams, based on our name, Goon Gaming Esports from right out of Japan to compete with the rest of the world. Japan has been a great country to live in, and I hope I can give something back. Our daycare has already done a great job of helping to teach and raise some amazing kids who can use English in their daily lives and who are open minded to diversity and multiculturalism. Now I want to do something for the Japanese esports industry that will grow competitive gaming and employ Japanese workers. I feel because I'm from Canada, I can help bridge the gap between the rest of the world and Japan. I understand the western gaming scene very well, and with my knowledge, there is a lot I could contribute to esports here in Japan. Esports is international and multicultural. It's a global system. For Japan to be a part of that, people here need to learn the culture of gaming not just through Japanese eyes, but through the eyes of the world.

So, I hope all of you gamers out there will help support us and I hope in the future to support you too. I'm doing my best to provide a product that is worthwhile and a great value. That is why we are offering the lowest rates in Japan for any esports center. With our affordable rates, we look forward to seeing you on the field of battle! Your party is here! Thank you in advance for supporting Goon Gaming Esports!

Sincerely,

 

Michael Gibson

Founder of Goon Gaming Esports

Goon Gaming Esports Floor Layout