The United States of America’s government now recognizes League of Legends players as professional athletes and will awards visas for them to travel to the country and play competitively.
Riot Games’ eSports Manager, Nick Allen, had this to say in a GameSpot interview:
“So 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 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.”
The League of Legends Season 3 Championship Finals are scheduled at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on the 4th of October and the attendance figures are expected to be in the region of around 10000 attendees.