SIGN UP LOG IN
 

E-Sport Centre: Now time is of the essence

Published by

June 28, 2019 4:36 pm

E-Sport Centre: Now time is of the essence

In Kiel, a regional centre for e-sports and digital competence is to be established this year. But there are no suitable rooms for one of the most ambitious showcase projects in Kiel. This threatens to forfeit the state’s lavish subsidies.

For months it has been quiet around the establishment of the first nationwide publicly funded and non-commercial state centre for e-sports and digital competence (LESZ). At the beginning of the year, the city and the state promised large sums of funding for such a centre (we reported). Nevertheless, it still hangs in the balance.

“The problem is that we can’t find any suitable and affordable rooms in the city centre,” explains Martin Müller, Vice President of the German E-Sport Federation, which is responsible for the centre. Nevertheless, it should and must work out somehow this year – otherwise, the subsidies will be lost.

At least 300,000 euros in funding have been pledged

The sums in the room show a great interest in the development of the “Landeszentrum”. The Ministry for the Environment and Digitisation of the state alone would provide 1,500,000 euros in “digitisation funds”, and a larger share of the 500,000 euros from the Ministry of the Interior would be spent on e-sport houses in Schleswig-Holstein. In February of this year, the city approved another 1,500,000 euros – spread over three years.

For at least the state funds to flow, Martin Müller has to hurry to find a domicile for the e-sports centre: “Because the funding still has to be called up this year,” says Eckhard Jacobs, sports officer at the Ministry of the Interior, giving some thought to the matter. There is no guarantee that the funds will be available beyond 2019.

A location is to be found before the end of this year

Despite the time pressure, the e-sports functionary is optimistic: “We will be able to find suitable rooms before the end of this year and thus fulfil the funding requirements. Talks with potential landlords are currently in full swing. However, Müller did not want to provide more detailed information on possible locations for the centre.

One thing is certain: the 400 to 600 square meter rooms we are looking for must match the concept of the LESZ. This includes technical (data lines) as well as spatial (suitable size) requirements. The future centre will serve several functions as a kind of link between gamers, interested laymen (parents), child and youth protectors or media educators.

It’s not just about daddling on the PC

In plain language, this means: According to Martin Müller, the LESZ is not only about doddling on the PC with the hottest games. “It is also crucial to provide information about which games are suitable for which age group, which are not and what they can cost. In addition to being a place of education for parents and young people, the centre also sees itself as a training facility for trainers and a meeting place for the gaming scene.

The concept is also of interest to the Kiel Economic Development Corporation (Kiwi). “Finally enterprises look hand struggling for digitally formed coworkers, explain Kathrin Reinicke, chief enterprise service with the Kiwi. And when such a centre moves digital specialists to the state capital, for example as part of events, “they might get stuck in Kiel with an innovative start-up company. Also, companies in the centre could attract talented people to the centre to recruit them for training in the digital sector.

E-athletes should get out of isolation

For Martin Müller, however, the project also has an important social function: “It enables us to recognise that e-athletes are part of the digital society. We bring the young people together with like-minded people and experts and thus bring them out of their isolation.

More News

Swiss eSports Weekly: Our Fortnite athletes travel to New York!

Swiss eSports Weekly: Our Fortnite athletes travel to New York!

A lot was talked about, a lot was written, and a lot more was built. Now it's finally time: The…

Germany: The world hails the return of football, Bayern starts back on track

Germany: The world hails the return of football, Bayern starts back on track

On Sunday 17 May, the world of football was celebrating the Bundesliga's triumphant return to the pitch. The first major…

Fortnite World Cup - The Mega Event

Fortnite World Cup - The Mega Event

The international Fortnite elite meets for the World Cup in New York. The event will set new records with $30…

Online Casino News from Scandinavia

Online Casino News from Scandinavia

Norway wants to exclude foreign competition in online gambling and is reaping a drop in player numbers with tough measures.…

The big kickoff to the eSports Festival 2019!

The big kickoff to the eSports Festival 2019!

On Thursday the long-awaited eSports Festival 2019 started and all participants were already on the verge of getting their hands…

Casino Schenefeld: A deal for seven in the

Casino Schenefeld: A deal for seven in the "Funky Deepstack" tournament

The Casino Schenefeld invited yesterday to the "Funky Deepstack" tournament and could register 68 entries. The players deposited the buy-in…

ESL Pro Tour: CS:GO tournament series with 5 million dollar prize money

ESL Pro Tour: CS:GO tournament series with 5 million dollar prize money

Next year the ESL Pro Tour starts with 20 tournaments worldwide. With five million dollars in prize money, the CS:GO…

WSOP 2019: Gavin Smith Memorial Poker Tournament

WSOP 2019: Gavin Smith Memorial Poker Tournament

The World Series of Poker 2019 kicks off on May 29th with the Gavin Smith Memorial Tournament kicking off right…

Dota 2 has got such a big update that professionals call it Dota 3

Dota 2 has got such a big update that professionals call it Dota 3

The MOBA Dota 2 got the big Outlanders update on November 26th. It brought many innovations and changed already known…

Norman Chad criticizes Late-Reg decision of WSOP

Norman Chad criticizes Late-Reg decision of WSOP

Just a few days ago, the World Series of Poker released the tournament schedule for next year. The 51st edition…

LoL Dominates Esports Prizes at The Game Awards 2019

LoL Dominates Esports Prizes at The Game Awards 2019

The MOBA League of Legends won a total of 4 out of 6 Esports-related prizes at The Game Awards 2019:…

The craziest winnings in the history of casinos

The craziest winnings in the history of casinos

Casino games enjoy great popularity. But why is that? After all, the chances of winning aren't very high. In general,…

Online satellites for MILLIONS Europe are running at full speed
Online satellites for MILLIONS Europe are running at full speed

In the currently very hot summer, the King's Resort offers almost weekly poker events of the extra class. The next…

LEC surprises are also missing in the second week
LEC surprises are also missing in the second week

G2 eSports and Fnatic have also lived up to their role as favourites in the second week of the summer…

FIFA 20: The PC requirements you need to know
FIFA 20: The PC requirements you need to know

If you want to play the new FIFA 20 on your own computer from September on, you should already think…

$22 million embezzled! - WPT Champion Dennis Blieden confesses guilty
$22 million embezzled! - WPT Champion Dennis Blieden confesses guilty

In February 2018 Dennis Blieden could celebrate big. At the L.A. Poker Classics, the hitherto undescribed hand left 492 competitors…

E-Sport Centre: Now time is of the essence
E-Sport Centre: Now time is of the essence

In Kiel, a regional centre for e-sports and digital competence is to be established this year. But there are no…

Borgata shows interest in Phil Ivey's WSOP winnings
Borgata shows interest in Phil Ivey's WSOP winnings

Phil Ivey's participation in the World Series of Poker 2019 has attracted the attention of poker fans around the world.…

Arrogance accusation against Barca
Arrogance accusation against Barca

FC Barcelona's pros are bad losers in the 0-0 draw against Slavia Prague. Only keeper Marc-André ter Stegen shows greatness.…

Spanish GP LIVE: Sixth date of the Formula 1 World Championship 2020 in Barcelona
Spanish GP LIVE: Sixth date of the Formula 1 World Championship 2020 in Barcelona

This Sunday from early morning F1 arrives in Spain at the Barcelona-Catalunya round with Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen as favourites…

G2 meets LCK shooting stars: How good is the LEC champion?
G2 meets LCK shooting stars: How good is the LEC champion?

With DAMWON Gaming, a strong and talented lineup meets the LEC champion G2 Esports in the Worlds quarter-finals. The Europeans…

Banco Casino Masters go into their 20th edition - €100,000 guaranteed!
Banco Casino Masters go into their 20th edition - €100,000 guaranteed!

The popular tournament series Banco Casino Masters goes into its 20th edition. From 16.10. - 21.10.2019, the biggest regular tournament…

Mybetting Deals Tools

Surebet by BetBurger

Surebet by BetBurger

BetBurger is a service focusing on arbitrage bets, also known as sure bets. It turns sports betting into an investment.

Matched Betting by OddsMonkey

OddsMonkey

OddsMonkey offers matched betting services with features to enhance your profits with the best betting offers.

Live Sport Results and Statistics

Live Scores

Always keep ahead of the sports betting game with our real time results and statistics!

2000+ Free Slots

Play the best online slots and your favourites from the biggest developers for free right here!