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Pro League of Legends Players Recognized By U.S. Government As Professional Athletes

Posted on Friday, July 12 @ 13:13:02 Eastern by Alex_Osborn

The United States government has moved one step closer to recognizing gaming as a legitimate sport, as it has begun issuing visas to international League of Legends players by deeming them "professional athletes."

"The United States government recognizes League of Legends pro players as professional athletes, and awards visas to essentially work in the United States under that title," Riot Games eSports manager Nick Allen told GameSpot. He went on to say how it's "groundbreaking for eSports," making international competitions "a much easier process, because [players] are actually recognized by the government. This is a huge thing."

Do you think gamers who compete on a professional level should be considered pro athletes? Where exactly do we draw the line? Be sure to sound off with your two cents on the matter in the comments below.

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