The US government declares professional League of Legends gamers as athletes

Professional League of Legends gamer? The US government now considers you as a professional athlete.

@anthony256
Published Sun, Jul 14 2013 1:27 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:22 PM CST

It's official. The US government has now declared that being a professional League of Legends gamer makes you an athlete. Riot eSports manager, Nick Allen, when speaking with GameSpot, said:

The US government declares professional League of Legends gamers as athletes | TweakTown.com

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.

Riot reportedly had to fight very hard to get to this point, using all of their micro to get here. Considering the amount of work some of these League of Legends gamers put themselves through, they deserve it. Great news for LoL fans today.

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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