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SPD Politician Lars Klingbeil: E-Sports Belong to Olympic Program

From 2022, e-sports will be part of the Asian Games for the first time. Already this year, video games such as Fifa 17 will be held at the Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) as so-called demonstration games. An example for the Olympics? Lars Klingbeil, member of the German parliament for the SPD claims: “The Olympics need e-sport in the future more than e-sport needs the Olympics.”

Across the globe millions of people compete in the football simulation game Fifa 17 by EA Sports.
Across the globe millions of people compete in the football simulation game Fifa 17 by EA Sports.

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In a guest article on “Zeit Online”, Klingbeil writes: “If you want to reach young people, if you want to enthuse them for classic sports, if you want to spread sport’s social and societal function, you can’t simply ignore the massive range of e-sports.”

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The network policy spokesperson from the SPD parliamentary group sees it as the sports associations’ duty to think about the integration of e-sport. “Politics can only initiate this discussion”, thinks Klingbeil. “It wouldn’t be fair play to play the sports clubs’ interests against those of the e-sport movement.”



It is still not certain which video games will be held at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. The Olympic Council of Asia has struck up a partnership with Alisports which belongs to the Chinese online retail giant Alibaba.

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