Center for Sports & Management

How football is conquering the gaming scene

Around 70 million people in Germany are currently online; more than 37 million gamble regularly on their PC, smartphone, tablet or console. Worldwide there are even more than 2.5 billion people. And the trend is rising.

Especially popular in Germany: The football simulation Fifa by EA Sports. An estimated four to eight million gamers play Fifa at least occasionally in Germany, and last year alone the football simulation sold more than 1.5 million copies in Germany.

Wolfsburg as a pioneer

The gaming community is huge; so of course professional football also wants a piece of this cake. About three years ago, VfL Wolfsburg became the first Bundesliga club to sign a professional Fifa player. The vast majority of Bundesliga clubs followed.

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