Japan's professional football league will launch an esports league this year in cooperation with a major videogame maker, Konami Digital Entertainment.
J.League and the company announced on Friday that they will co-host the tournament, which will take place in July.
The 40 clubs in J.League's top two tiers will each be represented by three players. They will use smartphones and other portable devices to compete.
J.League Chairman Mitsuru Murai said since mobile devices can be used anywhere they can attract more people to soccer.
He hopes the tournament will allow people to discover and enjoy the attractions of soccer.
The J.League will offer prize money totaling about 134,000 dollars.
Esports will be included as an official game at the 2022 Asian Games.