German Esports Federation has introduced a dedicated visa that accommodates esports athletes from outside of the European Union. The German Federal Government and the states approve the visa. The visa will be implemented in the spring of 2020.
Obviously, to receive the visa there are some requirements. If you want to be eligible for the visa you have at least 16 years of age, you will have to earn over a particular amount of money as a salary, and have a confirmation of professional activity. The German Esports Federation has still to set up a streamlined procedure for this and has promised to do so.
The federation welcomed a new draft regulation by the German government in October that posited this exact development. At the time, prospective requirements for successful applicants also involved them competing in a national or international league and being employed by an esports team that’s registered in Germany.
The German government drafted new regulations for the German esports federation in October. Hans Jagnow, President of the German Esports Federation commented on the development: ” The German esports visa will be a big advantage for events hosted in Germany. We are the first country to establish a dedicated visa category for esports. There are more international esports events expected to take place in Germany. ”
This development also may serve as a model for other nations. The visa requirements for esports professionals should be harmonized internationally in order to allow easy access to tournaments and leagues for esports athletes all over the world.”
We think Germany is setting an example for other countries to take esports as a serious business and sport. The first steps to make esports a professional sport are getting made and in the next few years we believe a lot of countries will follow.
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