Pro gamers are now considered professional athletes by the US Government
In a Gamespot interview with Riot’s Magus and Nick Allen, the conversation turned to that of competitive gaming. Riot Game’s Nick Allen spoke about the US Government and what they consider pro gamers to be, saying:
“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”
This a great development for pro gamers, who have been known, in the past to have trouble with obtaining a working visa. This is also a strong step on the whole for those who consider esports to be a valid, competitive sport in itself, as opposed to a purely recreational activity.