League of Legends is Now an Officially Recognized Professional Sport


High-level League of Legends players can now be awarded the same visas as traditional pro athletes, says publisher Riot Games.  This will allow pro gamers the same access that the NBA, MLB and other professional sports organizations currently have.

As stated by Riot Games’s E-sports VP Dustin Beck, “convincing US Immigration and Citizenship Services to offer players pro sports visas was “a long process” that hinged on proving League of Legends can offer people the chance to make a living as professionals. A lot of people have been dismissive of it because they don’t understand the scope of this,” he said. “Our viewership numbers are stronger than 80 or 90 percent of the sports covered on ESPN.”

Read more from the article originally posted from the Verge: http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/13/4520188/us-citizenship-immigrations-to-give-league-of-legends-players-sports-visas

by Steve Cantu, on July 15, 2013

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