E-Sports is looking more and more like real sports like basketball, and pingpong, swimming and all the rest we young people don’t do.
And in the United States of America, League of Legends are now considered professional athletes. Yes, you effin’ read that right! A government body, and not just any government body, the super-power government of the USA considers E-Sport players for League of Legends professional athletes.
Riot games spoke with GameSpot about this good news.
“The United States government recognizes League of Legends pro players as professional athletes, and awards Visas to essentially work in the United States under that title. So this is groundbreaking for eSports. Now when [international players] come over, it’s a much easier process because they are actually recognized by the government. It’s a huge thing.”
When they spoke to Polygon, Riot’s VP for eSports talked about this would open up the option for international players to transfer to US teams.
Good job for the US government for accepting that kids now a days don’t do much physical sports, and their form of exercise is no longer involve the lower extremities of their body. On a serious note, this would pave way to better eSports experience, as one of the biggest body of government is accepting that this is really a good alternative for taking drugs and teenage pregnancy.
And Starcraft 2 as your picture suggests. Two Koreans already got visas as professional athletes to live/stay in the USA based on their Starcraft 2 career (Violet and Polt).