League of Legends considered a professional sport by the US government • Eurogamer.net

Professional players can now obtain work visas.

League of Legends has been a big deal in the eSports community for years with a total of $ 8 million distributed to various players throughout its third season, but it’s only now that the US government has considered League of Legends as a professional sport.

We might not have Mario & Sonic at the Olympics, but maybe one day we will have Malphite and Sona instead.

What does this mean, exactly? It’s simple: Professional League of Legends players can now obtain work visas in the United States for their contribution to this emerging sport.

“The United States Government Recognizes Professional League of Legends Players as Professional Athletes and Awards[s] visas to work primarily in the United States under this title, ”said Nick Allen, the esports manager of developer Riot Games, in an interview with Games pot. “It’s revolutionary for eSports.”

“We can start looking at the international players when they come in. It’s a much easier process because they are actually recognized by the government,” he added, before noting that reaching that acceptance was a long drawn out battle. “It was a long process. We had a lot of people who fought for it. It was not something that happened overnight.”

The League of Legends Season 3 World Championship kicks off September 16 in Los Angeles and ends October 4 at Staples Center. First place will walk away with $ 1 million in cash and the Holy Grailer, I mean Summoner’s Cup.

Sara R. Cicero