League of Legends players now eligible for US athlete visas

League of Legends

By 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.”

Source: VG247

14 comments (Leave your own)

Gonna be really handy when it comes to visas

 

jesus only in America would something as mindless an “useless” as game playing be considered a bloody legit sport…. human race really is fucked lol

 

tas:
jesus only in America would something as mindless an “useless” as game playing be considered a bloody legit sport…. human race really is fucked lol

…The fuck?

 

From wikipedia article on ‘athletics’:
” The word athletics is derived from the Ancient Greek ἀθλητής (athlētēs, “combatant in public games”) from ἆθλον (athlon, “prize”) or ἆθλος (athlos, “competition”). ”

I actually thought the word was used to describe physically exerting activities only, but there we have it.

 

Pretty sure Chess is a sport, so…. yeah.

 

tas:
jesus only in America would something as mindless an “useless” as game playing be considered a bloody legit sport…. human race really is fucked lol

Game playing ? you mean like kicking a ball around a field ? or driving a car around a circuit.

I agree sports are silly the fact that so many people like watching other people do things instead of trying them themself has always seemed odd to me. However if physical games can be considered sport why not mental ones ?

 
Artful-dodgeR

Either Tas is trolling or he’s a bit of a fucking retard.

Based on past performance, I’d go the latter.

 

artfuldodger: Either Tas is trolling or he’s a bit of a fucking retard.

why not both ?

 

This is groundbreaking for eSports

Is it? I’m pretty sure the same thing happened for Counter-Strike 6 years ago.

 

tas:
jesus only in America would something as mindless an “useless” as game playing be considered a bloody legit sport…. human race really is fucked lol

Snooker and Darts say “hi”. Bowling says he’ll catch up with you next week. Chess isn’t here right now, but you know how he is.

Fucking idiot.

 

I wont mind when it’s just classified a sport, the concept of “E-Sports” however just makes me cringe for some reason… it’s like some kind of weird shit that nerds in the 80′s would have done where they just ask to be ridiculed.

“I play video games for a living” is acceptable to me but if someone calls themselves an “e-athlete” or mentioned “e-sports” I’m likely to just start laughing.

 

Tas are you being a wank or just being a prick tell us

 

I missed you tas. never leave.

 

tas:
jesus only in America would something as mindless an “useless” as game playing be considered a bloody legit sport…. human race really is fucked lol

Gaming useless?

You sure you’re on the right site?

 
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