Schleswig-Holstein: Pro E-Sport – contra Lootboxen

Schleswig-Holstein Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU) – Photo: CDU / Laurence Chaperon

The coalition agreement is in place: Prime Minister Daniel Günther’s government wants to promote e-sports and games – and curb loot boxes.

Following the state elections in Schleswig-Holstein, the CDU and the Greens agreed on a joint coalition agreement that focuses on climate protection, agriculture, education, housing construction and security. The topic of digitization is located directly in the State Chancellery.

If the bodies of both parties agree to the agreed compromise, CDU top candidate Daniel Günther wants to be re-elected Prime Minister. The Union clearly won the election on May 8 with 43.4 percent.

Several games-related projects made it into the 250-page coalition agreement (PDF):

  • Under the heading ‘Gameswirtschaft’ it says: “Schleswig-Holstein has the best conditions, an important location for the development and production of games” to become. “Exciting start-ups and established companies” had already settled in.” It now applies that the “good site conditions” to develop further, for example with a view to computer science and graphic design courses –
  • In addition, one “Promotion suitable for the games industry in Schleswig-Holstein” set up – taking into account federal funding, which will continue to be provided with € 50 million annually in the future. The northernmost federal state is one of the few regions in Germany where there has not yet been any dedicated computer game funding.
  • Schleswig-Holstein continues to focus on e-sports: Significant sums have already flowed into academies, associations and club departments. This support is to be continued. In order to – so literally – “Risks of E-Sports” all projects should be accompanied with a view to addiction prevention and media education.
  • Analogous to the Gamevention 2022 taking place in Neumünster at the beginning of July, further “major gaming and e-sports events” to be brought north.
  • The federal state wants the recognition of non-profit e-sports clubs “support constructively”. The plan: the reduction of bureaucratic hurdles plus tax breaks.
  • In the category “gambling” the state government has undertaken “legally secure solutions for sports betting in the field of e-sports” to support.
  • The black-green coalition wants to advocate at the federal level for a “appropriate regulation of gambling in computer games” use – to be specifically listed “so-called loot boxes”. Such digital surprise bags contain pieces of equipment or game figures: consumer protection groups and politicians have been calling for more transparency and youth protection for years. The industry sees no need for action and refers to surprise eggs and football stickers.