MOBA players now extended more rights than refugees with medical degrees
By Alice Lynton on July 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Here’s an interesting turn up for the books: in the US, international eSports participants are now eligible for some of the same legal privileges as athletes in sports entirely free from e’s.
Speaking to Gamespot, Riot Games eSports manager Nick Allen said Riot Games went through a lengthy process to prove that League of Legends is a legitimate sport, and now
“So the United States government recognizes League of Legends pro players as professional athletes and award visas to essentially work in the United States under that title,” he said.
“This is groundbreaking for eSports; now we can start looking at international players when they come over. It’s a much easier process because they’re actually recognized by the government. This is a huge thing.”