Criminologist Pfeiffer calls e-sports a gateway drug and criticizes its political recognition. The “eSport-Bund Deutschland” calls it a refusal to digitize.
Criminologist Christian Pfeiffer criticizes the political recognition of e-sports. This is a “gateway drug,” Pfeiffer, the head of the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony, told the German Press Agency about soccer games. “Through it, the boys find access to other games.”
In his view, there is a lack of political discussion of research findings on the subject. “This has clearly demonstrated something for more than ten years: The nationwide growing performance crisis of male adolescents and young men is largely due to an increase in the intensity and daily duration of their computer games.
Education experts, on the other hand, emphasize that the differences in performance between boys and girls cannot be traced back to one cause and can have many reasons – including the school system.
“Strongly increasing importance for our entire society”
Bavaria’s Digital Minister Judith Gerlach (CSU) also sees “enormous opportunities”, as she said in the summer, especially in e-sports. “It is often perceived as a professional and commercial activity, but it is also becoming increasingly important for our entire society”. She wants to bring a major e-sports event to Bavaria. “The aim here is to use the radiance of such a major event to increase social acceptance of e-sports in Bavaria and in Germany”.
It was only on October 6th that the Committee for Internal Affairs and Sport of the Lower Saxony State Parliament decided to recognize “the great importance of virtual sports and their significance for mass sports in Lower Saxony”. The topic was also discussed in the state parliaments of Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate.
“Digitization refusers are stuck in the last century”.
The eSport-Bund Deutschland (eSBD) assumes that “almost four million people in Germany are enthusiastic about e-sports”. It counts 350 E-Sport organizations in Germany – amateur associations, professional teams, university groups and tournament organizers. “The topic e-sports is no longer a niche topic. We are talking about a worldwide phenomenon that reaches and inspires millions of people,” said Lower Saxony’s Minister of the Interior Boris Pistorius (SPD) recently in the state parliament in Hanover. “Digital mass sport has arrived in the middle of society.
The eESBD rejects Pfeiffer’s criticism as “not appropriate”. “If someone claims something over twenty years without evidence, it doesn’t make the argument any more correct, it just makes it old-fashioned”, said ESBD President Hans Jagnow. E-sports train quick reactions, the social community and sporting competition. “Those who dismiss this as sitting in front of the screen are still stuck in their heads as digitization refusers in the last century.