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U.S. Government Now Recognizes League of Legends Pro Players as Athletes

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Posted on July 12, 2013 AT 03:36pm

The United States government now officially recognizes professional League of Legends players as pro athletes, Riot Games eSports manager Nick Allen informed GameSpot.

“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,” Allen told GameSpot. “This is groundbreaking for eSports. Now we can start looking at international players when they come over. Its a much easier process because they’re actually recognized by the government. This is a huge thing.”

By Allen’s account, obtaining visas for international players still proved a “lengthy process” that required a great deal of back and forth between Riot and the U.S. government.

Riot Games will be hosting the League of Legends Season 3 Championship Finals October 4, 2013 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The winning team will walk away with the Summoner’s Cup and $1 million in cash.

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