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US Government Recognizes League of Legends Pro Players as Athletes

by Maximum PC | July 20, 2013July 20, 2013 6:00 am PST


A new way of legitimizing eSports

It’s been a long time coming, but League of Legends has been deemed a professional sport by the US government. Riot Games has been campaigning for some time now for LoL pro players to be granted this beneficial status, but it’s so much more than just a title.

The development means that pro players will now be able to come into the United States on working visas, making it much easier for international players to attend tournaments and other events.

This announcement (via PCGamesN) follows Riot eSports manager Nick Allen’s interview with GameSpot: ““The United States government recognises League of Legends pro players as professional athletes, and award Visas to essentially work in the United States under that title,” he revealed. “This is groundbreaking for eSports.”

Season 3 of the League of Legends World Championship picks up steam on September 16th, with $1 million being doled out to the victor.

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