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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.

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Author:Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

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  • That Dark Twit

    LOL @ that header.

  • TiMsTeR1033

    Scandals can be made easy, esp here in sonny South Africa.

    • Brady miaau

      there is an app for that

  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    So tell me, if you roll with the yellow jersey, do you get a new one, or do you have to wear the old yellow jersey all sweaty and stuff?

    :P

    • Weanerdog

      New one every day, in fact two new ones. The one they get presented with is a fake jersey it closes at the back.

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        Was just trolling XD

  • John Ambitious

    Imagine having EA as a sponsor. No support, never keeps in contact with you, but they give you super branded clothing so everyone knows they’re your sponsor.

    • That Dark Twit

      And the shirt requires massive patches.

      • Trevor Davies

        That you buy for $1 each.

      • John Ambitious

        Also, if someone better than you comes along they just ditch you and go with the new guy. Which they do a few times a year.

    • Thats_how_I_Troll

      EA sport: Free to Join – Pay to win

      • John Ambitious

        Sounds about right

  • Rainman

    So if they are recognised as pro athletes, do they also have to have regular test for doping? Remember caffeine is regarded as a stimulant in most sports.( There is your scandal right there, if you considering the amount of coffee just the people on this forum go through on a daily basis.)

  • That Dark Twit

    Someone mentioned coffee?

  • RinceWind

    Haha! Nice one :)

  • Trevor Davies

    Just wait until someone gets nailed for using an unapproved orthopaedic couch.

  • Warren Ross

    So it makes things easier for guys taking part in pro tournaments to move around. That’s cool.

    Still doesn’t make a gamer anything like an actual athlete IMO…

  • guest

    Hey if darts players can be recognised as pro athletes then why not gamers. If you are wondering why then Google image search: “darts world champion”

    • guest

      “Pro Athlete”…

  • Unavengedavo

    “Pro Athlete”…

  • Riley

    “Sport refers to the exercise of skill in a physical activity. Sport is generally recognised as activities based in physical athleticism or physical dexterity.” – Wikipedia

    I really wish that people would stop calling it a sport. A sport is a physical activity, not one where you sit on your bum and press buttons for a living. I really don’t understand it – it’s like they are trying to make it seem less ridiculous than what it already is by adding the word Sport into the name. What’s next? Lobbying for Olympic inclusion? Rather call it eCombat or eGames…

  • bluegoon

    But LOL is a dirty nab game seriously, cmon man!

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