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Esports Olympic ambition 'absurd'

Esports is not a sports activity and competitive gaming's Olympic ambitions are "absurd", the President of Germany's Football Association (DFB) Reinhard Grindel said.

Esports, the competitive side of electronic gaming, has quickly amassed an estimated 250 million players worldwide, more than several traditional Olympic sports federations combined in a growing market worth about a billion dollars a year.

The DFB is the world's largest national football association with 6.8 million registered members.

The IOC in November recognised esports as a sports activity, the first clear indication to the growing industry that it wants to link up. Esports will be a medal event at the 2022 Asian Games.

At the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics last month Intel Corp INTC.O, a leading Olympics sponsor, organised an esports tournament only a stone's throw from the Games venues, with South Korea a hotbed for esports.

The players, wearing shirts branded with the Olympic rings, competed for a $150,000 prize - several times more than what the vast majority of gold medallist Olympians will earn in bonuses from their home nations.

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