League of Legends deemed a professional sport by the US government


May 4, 2013

League of Legends has been a big deal in the eSports community for years with a total of $8 million being distributed to various players throughout its third season, but only now has the US government deemed League of Legends a professional sport.

What does this mean, exactly? Simple: professional League of Legends players can now get working visas in the US for their contribution to this emerging sport.

"The United States government recognises League of Legends pro players as professional athletes and award visas to essentially work in the United States under that title," said developer Riot Games' eSports manager Nick Allen in an interview with Gamespot. "This is groundbreaking for eSports."

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