Likely to become effective from March 2020, esports players and coaches from non-EU countries will now be entitled to an easy procedure for a permanent residency in the country, no longer requiring approval by the Federal Employment Agency, for example, The Esports Observer said. This is providing they meet all age and contractual requirements.
"This development also may serve as a model for other nations," said Hans Jagnow, president of the German Esports Federation (ESBD), in a statement. "The visa requirements for esports professionals should be harmonized internationally in order to allow easy access to tournaments and leagues for esports athletes all over the world."
A short-term visa was introduced last year, and now the ESBD will set up a streamlined procedure for confirming the eligibility of esports athletes for visas, in partnership with relevant stakeholders, i.e. game publishers and competition organizers, the report added.
Visa applications would have to be submitted by those who are at least 16 years old. Successful applicants would have to be employed by an esports team registered in Germany and compete in a national or international league. Additionally, the regulation would speed up permanent residency permits for those looking to stay in Germany.