Riot Games have been having some serious conversations with the US Government, and what’s come of that is sure to interest anybody who’s invested any time in the popular MOBA title, League of Legends.
If you’re not familiar with the additional laws that are attached to being a pro athlete, then let me explain it to you. The biggest advantage you gain is the ability to get a visa so that you can visit the country for the purposes of playing your sport or game.
With League players now being recognized as pro athletes, that means that almost anyone who’s a high ranking player will be able to get into the US so that they can participate in tournaments or events relating to their game.
Nick Allen revealed the news to GameSpot earlier today and talked a little bit about the events that have unfolded.
So the United States government recognizes League of Legends pro players as professional athletes and award visas to essentially work in the United States under that title. This is groundbreaking for eSports; now we can start looking at international players when they come over. It’s a much easier process because they’re actually recognized by the government. This is a huge thing.
It is a big thing and you should probably be excited about it even if you don’t play League of Legends. This opens the door for other games so that their player-base can be recognized as professional athletes for the purposes of tournament play.
The eSports scene has been exploding in popularity over the past few years, and the best of it is yet to come.
It might be a long way away, but someday we could see the likes of our favourite eSport titles being represented in events on a scale like the Olympics (though it’s seriously a long way away).