The German Football Association DFB has officially decided on a way to be involved within the ever-growing esports space. However, this involvement won’t include any “brutality-focused, war-related or killing games” according to their press release.
Therefore, the DFB will only work with football simulation games, games which are branded as “E-Soccer” by the association.
This decision follows a statement by DFB President Reinhard Grindel, who rejected esports as sports roughly one month ago. On the DFB’s newest involvement, he commented the following:
“If football-related games act as complementary to the sport at the club, and can get some people down to the clubs, then that has our support,” Grindel said.
The German esports Association also commented on this decision:
“We welcome the decision of the DFB. But dividing the esports family isn’t the right approach. Discrediting esports as ‘killing games’ and trying to find new words instead of understanding esports to the core doesn’t reflect the state of the national discussion.”