eSports is a huge money spinner watched by millions. But it is not recognized as a sport in Germany, hampering those wanting to set up clubs as they do not qualify for tax benefits.
The days when gaming was a niche passion are long gone, as gamescon, the gaming industry trade fair in Cologne, shows. Yet despite its own multitude of gamers, Germany is still losing out on market share in the sector.
There's more to competitive gaming than just having a quick trigger finger. Both individual skill and teamwork are required in Counter Strike, in which Tizian Feldbusch of BIG is making a name for himself.
After stepping down from international duty, Mesut Özil has devoted himself to a new venture. Together with eSportsReputation, Özil has founded #teamozil: an eSports team on the search for talent. A smart move.
Politicians in Germany are mulling recognizing eSports as a sport. Their decision would have wide-ranging repercussions in the gaming industry in the country and further legitimize the digital sport phenomenon.
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