Pro League of Legends Players Recognized By U.S. Government As Professional Athletes
Posted on Friday, July 12 @ 13:13:02 PST 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 internationalLeague of Legendsplayers by deeming them "professional athletes."
"The United States government recognizesLeague of Legendspro players as professional athletes, and awards visas to essentially work in the United States under that title," Riot Games eSports manager Nick Allen toldGameSpot.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 thinkgamers 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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