US visa bureau says ‘League of Legends’ is a professional sport


High-level League of Legends players can now be awarded the same visas as more traditional pro athletes, says publisher Riot Games. On July 11th, Riot e-sports manager Nick Allen told GameSpot that the company had convinced US immigration services to recognize League of Legends as a professional sport and simplify the visa process accordingly; the first person to benefit will be Canadian player Danny “Shiphtur” Le, who was temporarily unable to compete this spring because of work permit problems. E-sports VP Dustin Beck later confirmed the change to Polygon. “This is a watershed moment,” he said. “It validates e-sports as a sport. Now we have the same designation as the NBA or NHL or other professional sports leagues.”

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