Are you one of those people who had a father that was disappointed in you because you spent most of your time playing League of Legends instead becoming a super star quarterback he always wanted you to be? What? No, I’m not projecting! Anyways, if you are (which I’m not), then you might be happy to hear that League of Legends tournament players are now considered athletes by the U.S. State Department.
With eSports considered now a professional sport, League of Legends players born outside of the U.S. will be able to live and work in America under the same visa as any other pro-sports player.
“This is a watershed moment,” said Riot’s VP of eSports Dustin Beck, in an interview with Polygon. “It validates eSports as a sport.
“Now we have the same designation as the NBA or NHL or other professional sports leagues. This opens the gates for other professional League of Legends players to make the transfer to U.S. teams. It’s like David Beckham coming to LA Galaxy.”
Not quite sure how I feel about giving guys who are really good at video games the same prestige as actual athletes, but then again curling is an Olympic sport and we call the guys who participate in that athletes, so what do I know.