US government recognises pro gamers as professional athletes

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Riot Games, developer of the free-to-play online RPG League of Legends (LoL; yes, really) has secured a victory that could prove to be very important for professional gaming. This past weekend the company’s eSports division, which had been campaigning with the US government, revealed that the American government will from now on recognise LoL players as professional athletes.

Not only does this go a long way to ensure that pro gamers get visibility and recognition, it could also pave the way for gamers of other professional titles to get the privilege of a P1 Visa, the permit required by professional athletes to ply their trade on American soil.



Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.