#ESP2018 warm-up with Hans Jagnow: A panorama of esports
Following the persisting popularity of gaming as a leisure time activity and the fast growth of esports, the sports movement is in the process of defining its relationship with esports. In order to do this, it is vital that we understand the characteristics of esports – the games, values, structures and governance; the health, educational and social effects; as well as the issues related to esports.
Therefore, esports is one of the topics that will be discussed at the first European Sports Platform in Budapest, Hungary on 16–17 November 2018. One of our speakers in the event will be Hans Jagnow, President of the German Esports Federation (ESBD). He will be talking at the session titled "A panorama of esports".
„Together with friends and the esports community I founded an amateur esports club in Berlin back in 2016. We played an essential role in bringing together the amateur clubs in Germany and moving towards a nationwide federation. I have the honor to lead the ESBD together with my colleagues in the board as the first president. If I have time, I love playing – but rather for fun than competitively nowadays. I have a soft spot for strategy games in all their variety. I am bad, though, on sport games.” – explains Mr. Jagnow his connection to esports.
He also revealed some information about the current situation of esports in Germany:
“Over three million people in Germany are dedicated esports athletes and fans – this is a big community in the German society. For the first time, through ESBD there is a unified voice in the esports community towards politics and sport federations. We started the year with a productive dialogue, and tried to convey deeper knowledge about esports at its technical core. As the German Olympic Sports Confederation as the umbrella association of sports in Germany published their statement a few days ago, we have to recognise that there is still a long way to go. On the other side, we find support in the political field where there is an explicit interest in making esports equal to traditional sports. So, the societal debate has just begun.”
Mr. Jagnow will talk more about the governance structures of the esports industry in Europe and about the values of esports among other things on 16 November at the #ESP2018. If you cannot wait until that time, you can already start following his Twitter account and the one of ESBD.
To learn more about and register for the European Sport Platform, click here.
#ESP2018 is organised by ENGSO, the Hungarian Competitive Sport Federation and the European Lotteries.