As many of you know, League of Legends is one of the top games played on PC. The game has many professional players playing daily, and now the government recognizes them as "athletes", Nick Allen informed Gamespot. The government awards visas to substantially work in the United States under that particular title. This is most likely ground breaking to eSports. Many international tournaments are very easy to process because League of Legends players are verified by the government. People say "This is a huge thing".
Allen then went onto explain how this decision was made: “This is a lengthy process, we had a lot of people fighting for this, and it wasn’t something that happened overnight. This is constant back and forth of like, ‘Show us more proof, is this realistic’, and that sort of thing. Eventually it got to the point where they were like, ‘Okay, we have no reason to say no. This is legitimate’.”
For those who didn't know, there will be a League of Legends Season 3 Championship finals on October 4 in Staples Center, Los Angeles. The winning player/team will receive $1,000,000 dollars. Good luck to all contestants!
Personally, I think this is pretty huge that the government sees League of Legends players as "athletes". This is a daily job for most of them. I ask myself "are regular players still considered athletes"? Post some of your thoughts about this!
Here is a gameplay of League of Legends-