Katsuhiro Harada will be responsible for the eSports section of Bandai Namco.

As he has announced through a message in English and Japanese, from now on he will be the leader and supervisor of the Bandai Namco eSports strategy team in parallel to his work as producer of the Tekken franchise.

In the message, he announces that his intention is to promote both official and community events for three games: Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7 and SoulCalibur VI. He has indicated that for community tournaments, one should go to the local Bandai Namco offices, although he intends to increase the number of tournaments for the three games as much as possible.

The mention of Dragon Ball FigherZ is especially noteworthy because in recent days we have seen how the official tournaments of the game have been actively blocked in three major events (EVO Japan, Dreamhack Atlanta and Anime Ascension), a move that may have ended with the future of the title at a competitive level one month before the final of the World Tour organized by Bandai Namco. At first, the holders of the Dragon Ball license (Toei or Shueisha) were pointed out as possible culprits, although Toei has responded on his Twitter account that they are not involved.

Katsuhiro Harada to Oversee Bandai Namco’s eSports Strategy