Over a quarter of Germans regard eSports as a 'normal sport'
Over one quarter of Germans (29 per cent) regard eSports as an “entirely normal” form of sport, similar to soccer or swimming, according to a new survey.
Meanwhile, 24 percent of the 1,219 respondents to the survey by digital association Bitkom said that eSports should be recognised as an official sport in Germany, while 11 per cent said that they would be interested in attending an eSports competition.
Setting up eSports associations could prompt more people to get involved with volunteer work, according to 38 per cent of respondents.
Last month, the International Olympic Committee and the Global Association of International Sports Federations took a decision to launch an eSports liaison group, as gaming moves a step closer to an unlikely place on the Olympic Games sports programme.
The liaison group, the make-up of which has yet to be announced, will make a presentation at the Olympism in Action Forum in Buenos Aires on 5 and 6 October, ahead of the Youth Olympic Games in the city.
A major stumbling block to eSports gaining a place on the Olympic programme is the fact that there is no one organisation that exists that represents eSports globally.