5Aces eSport DOSB Statement

The German Olympic Sports Confederation decided that esports are not a sport on the basis of "self-motor, sport-determining movement is not a constitutive feature". 5Aces eSport rigorously reject the view of the German Olympic Sports Confederation including renaming our beloved sport in "eGaming" which to sperarate electronic sports from traditional sport. Many of the reasons mentioned by the German Olympic Sports Confederation prove that the German Olympic Sports Confederation doesn't understand the industry. All the reasons are misinterpreting and misleading from the fact what esport really is, namely sport. Renaming esport in "eGaming" shows that the board doesn't understand electronic sports at all. Adding an "e" to Gaming is pointless due to Gaming is "e" and since it should distract from the main issue Germany is facing regarding esport, the debate about whether esport should be named eGaming has to be stopped.

The BOSD breaks down the following reasons why esports are not considered traditional sports:

◾ It does not feature a "self-motor, sport determining movement"
◾ It's been classified as a "potentially addictive activity by the World Health Organization" and thus a health risk
◾ No organizational bridge between the interest oritentation of the sports system and the market orientation of "eGaming"
◾ In eGaming, there is no differentiation according to ethical principals. The BOSD claims that "a large number of games are in clear contradiction to this", seeming to refer to the violence in video games
◾ The BOSD takes issue with esports being for marketing purposes of the games by developers

In view of the reasons mentioned by the DOSB, 5Aces eSport would like to express again that from 5Aces eSport's perspective the board of the DOSB is not aware of what it takes to become a professional esport athlete. 5Aces eSport's statement as follows:

◾ A "self-motor, sport determining movement" is not featured in different sports the DOSB features in their list of which sports are considerred as sport e.g. archery, (mini-)golf or chess.
◾ The classification as a "potentially addictive activity by the World Health Organization" and thus a health risk is hypocritical. If the WHO would be consequent regarding this matter, boxing and many other sports would have to stop their activity with immediate effect or not being considered as sport.
◾ The point "No organizational bridge between the interest oritentation of the sports system and the market orientation of eGaming" is again wrong. Associations like WESG and the player's association CSPPA were formed due to exact this reason. Even if the DOSB will refuse to accept esport as sport, they will be forced to do so at some point which is inevitable.
◾ The reason "ethical principals and the violence in video games" is hypocritical. Boxing and several traditional combat sports are excessively celebrating violence for people around the globe. Those sports are not only showing the audience violence, humans even died in the ring after fights due to heavy hits.
◾ That's true but also conform since every traditional sport lives from marketing. Football clubs are ambassedors for many companies and brands which means that marketing to promote a game or product is completely legit. The game football is also using the game to make marketing for football. Why should a publisher not be allowed to do marketing for its product if it is an esport-ready title?

5Aces eSport learned that BIG (Berlin International Gaming), one of the leading esport organizations in Germany, issued a statement urging esports fans "to stand united in the face of denouncement from the German Olympic Sports Coalition". 5Aces eSport endores the campaing to make sure that the government realizes how passionate the esport industry is. The campaign called "United by Esports" is a necessary movement to disprove the views of the DOSB and the government.