Professional eSports took a huge step forward last week when it was announced that the League of Legends World Championship series is now considered a professional sport in much the same way as the NBA, MLB, and NFL. The significance of the recognition by the U.S. State Department now provides players from other countries with the opportunity to obtain work visas.

The road to approval was a challenging and lengthy process according to Riot Games eSports Manager Nick Allen in a GameSpot interview. But after all the hard work and back and forth, League of Legends pro players are now eligible for work visas as professional eSports athletes.

The League of Legends Season 3 World Championship kicks off on September 16th with the finals to be played at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on October 4th.

Source: GameSpot

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Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016

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