German Game Industry Association (GAME) outlined ten “requirements” for the country’s gaming and esports industry in a recent report. The body of the German games industry said it wants to make Germany the premier destination for esports, and emphasized that a foundation needs to be built for this.
GAME stated that this need for change is due to great social, cultural and economic importance of e-sports. It is important to note that this includes emphasize that clubs offering e-sports must be recognized as non-profit organizations in the tax code.
In addition, the tenth “requirement” of the report emphasizes that more needs to be done when it comes to events and support for young talent.
Whether esports is a sport or not is not critical. At the same time, more support needs to be given to young talent and state and local community events so that we in Germany can participate in this international phenomenon on a global level.
German Game Industry Association
Germany has played a significant role in esports, thanks in large part to the many well-known leagues, tournaments and companies based in the country. This includes CS:GO competitions like IEM Cologne and European leagues like LEC and VALORANT.
In the GAME report, in particular, Esports Players Foundation (EPF), launched in 2020. The association claims that the EPF works with over 2,000 players across games such as CS:GO, League of Legends, Brawl Stars, VALORANT and FIFA. According to GAME, the goal of the foundation is to support all gamers in “all current esports games“.
In addition to esports, the German Gaming Industry Annual Report 2023 paid a lot of attention to the country’s gaming sector. The report highlights that 48% of all video game players in Germany are women. In addition, German gaming market revenue was €9.87 billion last year, up 1% from 2021.