Project XENO’s Hikaru Cup: Your Complete Guide to Participation and Details


A popular NFT game frequently introduced on this blog, Project XENO, appears to be hosting a large-scale eSports tournament with a total prize pool of 20 million yen, called the Hikaru Cup!  

A unique feature of the Hikaru Cup is that all participants will compete under the same conditions, making it possible for even beginners to compete for the prize money. 

If you’re wondering what Project XENO is all about, check out this article.

What is Project XENO’s Hikaru Cup?

The Hikaru Cup is an eSports tournament where everyone, whether they own an NFT or not, competes under the same conditions. The winner can win a prize of 10 million yen. We have explained the features of the tournament in another article, but the latest information is as follows:

  • Everyone competes under the same conditions (with standardized XENO level, weapons, and charms).
  • The championship prize is 10 million yen.
  • The qualifiers will be online, while the Final Tournament will be offline.
  • The Final Tournament will be held near Tokyo.
  • If the installation date of the game is after October 13, 2023, participation is not allowed.
  • Only residents of Japan are eligible to participate in the Final Tournament.
  • The Final Tournament will be streamed on YouTube.
  • There will also be a U-22 category.

Hikaru Cup Guide: Steps and Requirements to Join

While the Hikaru Cup allows even beginners to aim for prize money, there are certain conditions for participation, such as the need to download the app before October 13th. Let’s take a look at the necessary preparations, the entry period for the finals, and the entry methods.

Preparation: Until October 13th

Entering the Hikaru Cup hinges on one vital prerequisite: having the game downloaded. Once you’ve got it installed, all you need to do is await the start of the Hikaru Cup. 

But remember, if your game installation date is any time after the kick-off of the online qualifiers on October 13th, 2023, you’ll be sitting on the sidelines for both the qualifiers and the finals. So, don’t delay – grab the download now!

Entry to the Final Tournament: Until October 16th

The Hikaru Cup Final Tournament will be held offline. If you’d like to participate in this offline showdown, you’ll need to register via the Final Tournament registration page. Remember, even if you make it through the qualifiers without registering for the Final Tournament, you will not be able to advance. However, it appears that you can still play in the qualifier without registering for the final.

Final Tournament Details:

  • Finalists: 18 players, plus Hikaru himself.
  • Location: Scheduled in the Tokyo vicinity.
  • Date: October 28th (Sat).
  • Requirements: Residency in Japan. If you’re not a Japanese citizen, you’ll also need to provide a Residence Card and a Japanese bank account.


  1. 1st place – 10 million yen
  2. 2nd place – 4 million yen
  3. 3rd and 4th places – 2 million yen each
  4. 5th to 8th places – 500,000 yen each

For anyone playing Project XENO, the chance to win the 10 million yen grand prize at the Final Tournament is a must. Players ranked from 1st to 8th place can win the prize!

And if you can’t make it to Tokyo, all the action from the Final Tournament will be streamed on YouTube.

For Those Under 22: U-22 Entry (Until October 11th)

While this wasn’t the case the last time I wrote about the Hikaru Cup, a new category for those under 22 (referred to as the “student slot”) has been added. However, you don’t have to be a student to apply, you just have to meet the age requirements.

From those qualifiers that finish 14th or lower, the top two players will advance to the Final Tournament as U-22 representatives. If you’re under the age of 18, you’ll need to provide a signed and stamped parental consent form and proof of a bank account in your name.

Play in Tournament Mode during the Specified Period (October 13th to 15th)

Whether or not you’ve registered for the Final Tournament, anyone can play in the qualifiers during this period (unless your game installation date is after October 13th, 2023). The qualifier period runs from October 12 at 15:00 to 15 at 14:59 (UTC). You can enter the Hikaru Cup Qualifiers by clicking on the Tournament Mode banner in-game. The qualifiers will be played on a win-loss basis until you run out of lives.

List of Participants for the Hikaru Cup (as of 10/8)

Many famous gamers who are leading the gaming scene in Japan have announced their participation in the Hikaru Cup Qualifiers. Check out the celebrities you might be competing against if you decide to participate in the qualifiers.


A professional gamer with prize winnings totaling 18 million yen. He won the ECEA2022 Hearthstone division and ranked third on the list of highest-earning players in 2022.


A professional gamer and the first Japanese professional player of the mobile game “Clash Royale”. He won the “Clash Royale Japanese Championship May Tournament” and placed third in the “Clash Asia Crown Cup 2017”.


A professional gamer associated with DetonatioN FocusMe. A popular player who has won in Super Smash Bros., he enjoys charismatic popularity especially among the younger generation.


A member of NextStage, a five-member male YouTube group founded by Hikaru.


A member of NextStage, a five-member male YouTube group founded by Hikaru.


Hikaru’s biological brother and a  member of NextStage, a five-member male YouTube group founded by Hikaru.

Yurakusha Store Manager

A YouTuber for Yurakusha Channel and the manager of Yurakusha, a hybrid trading card and game center store.


A bikini model, TikToker, and YouTuber with a total of 3.8 million followers.


The leader of the three-member YouTube group Banbanzai. He finished Project XENO Season 2 in 21st place.


A YouTuber with 1.68 million subscribers.


Here are some frequently asked questions about the Hikaru Cup. Please check these before contacting support.

Do I have to buy NFTs on the Marketplace to participate in the tournament?

No, NFTs are not required. All you need to do is install the PROJECT XENO app before October 13th to participate in the tournament.

Can I earn tokens for free in the tournament?

The tournament prize money will be transferred to your Japanese bank account in yen. You cannot earn cryptocurrency. If you’re under 18, you must be able to provide a signed and sealed parental consent form and bank account verification documents in your own name.

Where can I check my game ID?

The game ID required for the final entry can be checked at the bottom right corner of the app’s launch screen. Alternatively, you can also find it by tapping the XENO icon at the top left corner of the game’s home screen, which will take you to the profile page.

After entering the U-22 slot, can I enter the general slot again?

If you enter the general slot after entering the U-22 slot, the U-22 slot entry will not be invalidated. However, the U-22 slot entry has priority by default.



PROJECT XENO is the Japanese NFT game that merges GameFi and esports in a 3v3 PvP battle arena.

Developed by CROOZ Blockchain Lab, it offers enjoyable gameplay and long-term income generation.

With support from celebrities like YouTuber Hikaru and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., prepare to earn through gameplay, NFT trading, and token trading. 

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