The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) continues to oppose eSports despite endorsement by the country’s current coalition government. DOSB has specified that representatives of the eSports community will have to submit a formal request to the organisation so that it may undergo review.
However, the industry is represented by parties who are not legally authorised to carry out such application. Meanwhile, the German Esports Association (ESBD) has riposted, saying that it could enact the legal means that could lead to the formal recognition of eSports in the country.
In a statement, ESBD President Hans Jagnow reminded that the association simply wanted to join the sporting community in Germany and not to oppose it in any way.
Meanwhile, DOSB’s official stance is that eSports are not a sport while DOSB president Reinhard Grindel has expressed his reservations about the segment becoming part of the Olympic movement.
Germany is already a hotbed for eSports competitions with Berlin and Cologne hosting a number of events across major titles, such as Dota 2, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Call of Duty.
A formal endorsement may be a boon to the industry in the country, with eSports athletes becoming formal full-time job employees.