Criminologist criticizes support for 'gateway drug' of e-sports

Gamers and politicians in Germany have been calling for more official support and funding for e-sports, the competitive form of online computer gaming, which has won over millions of fans around the world in recent years.And yet one leading criminologist has strongly criticized efforts to build up the e-sports community, which he sees as a threat to boys and young men.Many online tournaments, such as those with football games like FIFA, might seem harmless at first, but they give the boys access to other, more addictive games, says Christian Pfeiffer.”It’s a gateway drug,” the long-standing di…

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