Some people are still having a hard time accepting video gaming as a legitimate sport. That includes German Politician Peter Beuth, who wants to get rid of Esports in Germany altogether. Not wanting it to be recognized as an official sport that qualifies for government funding as the others do.
“E-Sports have nothing to do with sports. We need to exterminate that term. I’m not sure yet how moving the thumb and forefinger is supposed to be a sport, even if there’s something moving on the screen.”
A bold statement to assume that all gaming takes is just movements of the thumb and forefinger. I mean soccer is just kicking a ball around a field isn’t it?
This opinion was given as a take relating to how if Esports becomes recognized as an official sport in the Union. It would mean that Esports athletes and teams would receive benefits from organizations. Organizations that’d need to be given welfare by German Law.
Essentially Mr. Beuth would prefer not to include Esports as government expenditure. While that is a point that can be defended. The way he went about it was a bit demeaning and condescending. With the whole thumb and forefinger thing.
He didn’t just stop there, he went on to describe the idea as catastrophic. He attributed a lot of his points to how different the values, morals and health benefits of gaming are in comparison to sports.
“This congress is about education and health. We want to get the kids into the gym and into the field. Gaming has its value. But it does not belong in a sports organization as such because it adorns itself with a title whose values I miss there.”
Ralf-Rainer Klatt, Vice Principal of Landessportbund Hessen, on the other hand, was in support of the idea surrounding Esports. He sees it as a part of the inevitable digitization of our society. In regards to how nearly every field is more or less taken over by technology. Such as communications and labor in several fields.
Esports is recognized as a sport for a reason. Anyone can play video games, sure. Everyone can also play sports like soccer and cricket. But the difference between amateur players and professional players is very prominent in both.
The difference in a casual game of Overwatch vs the Overwatch League games is in itself too far apart to describe. That Korean Zarya play on Eichenwalde during the world cup was absolutely next level.
It’s much, much more than just moving the forefinger and thumb. The world has more or less recognized it as an official sport. Germany is well on its way of doing the same. Regardless of whether or not we see it in the Olympics.