League of Legends players recognized as pro athletes
It may not sound like much, but this is actually a big step for eSports. League of Legends players have been granted the status of professional athletes, with regards to visa applications to the US of A. Yup, now they can travel for business to the states without the same visa restrictions. Pretty cool.
In an interview with GameSpot, Riot’s eSports manager, Nick Allen, explained that there was a lot of back and forth between the developer and the government.
“So the United States government recognizes League of Legends pro players as professional athletes and award visas to essentially work in the United States under that title. This is groundbreaking for eSports; now we can start looking at international players when they come over. It’s a much easier process because they’re actually recognized by the government. This is a huge thing.”
The LoL Season 3 Championship Finals are happening in October in LA, California. With an expected 10 000 people to attend and $1million prize money for the winning team, it’s good timing for the American government to accept eSports as professional sports. Now, it’s just time for the rest of the games to be recognized. Still, one small step for pro gamers, one giant leap for eSports.
Now, time to start figuring out the rules on doping for eSports. I totally think there should be a limit on energy drinks.