That is the result of a survey by the IT industry association Bitkom, which was published on Thursday. Accordingly, with 34 percent, one in three is now of the opinion that e-sports is a real sport.
Two years ago, at 29 percent, it was five percentage points less. Among those who play computer or video games at least now and then, as many as 38 percent say that eSports is a real sport. Every fourth gamer (26 percent) would also like to be a successful e-athlete himself. Nevertheless, for most of the respondents, e-sports events do not replace real major sports events. In 2020, the European Football Championship, Olympic Games and Wimbledon had to be canceled or postponed due to the corona pandemic. According to the survey, only two percent of people in Germany consider e-sports events to be an alternative. The majority cannot do without the live experience in the stadium. For the survey, Bitkom Research interviewed 1.195 people in Germany over the age of 16 by telephone, including 554 gamers.