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Riot Games Can Bring You to the United States. You're Welcome.

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No, I'm not pulling your leg.

"So 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," Rick Allen, Riot Games eSports Manager, said. The decision comes after Riot Games and the U.S. government played legal ping pong until the U.S. government allowed it.

This amounts to Riot Games or professional American League of Legends gaming teams to grab an international player, legally bring them into the United States, and can remain here on a work visa.

Normally I scoff a little at the idea of 'professional gamers'. However, Riot Games is hosting the League of Legends 3 World Championship to be held on October 4th, in Los Angeles' Staples Center. They are by no means kidding around.

Last year held 7,000 on-site spectators and 8.2 million on livestreams.

Qualifying rounds this year bring 14 international teams with a winning pool of 2 million dollars.

The world championship pool for this 'season' is estimated at 8 million dollars or more, with the final team winning 1 million.

Anybody feel up for a game of League of Legends?

Comments

  • Agropain 6 years, 2 months ago

    Don't understand why majority of the 4PP community, included all the broadcasters, hate League of Legends. None of you have even tried playing it lol.

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  • Frank Hartnett 6 years, 2 months ago

    Whether you like LoL or not, you have to admit this is a big step forward for gaming becoming more widely accepted and not just "that thing teenagers like to play that may or may not cause them to become psychopaths".

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    • Skyliner 6 years, 2 months ago

      I hadn't thought about the "hey we're still not psychos" point we gamers somehow have to prove. I like this move more now.

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  • Sickbrain 6 years, 2 months ago

    Problem is not games, it's awful MOBA community.

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    • GreyFoxVinzin 6 years, 2 months ago

      The MOBA community I've seen in DOTA 2 so far is pretty alright, at least from my PoV (First MOBA I've ever played too so, good experience / first impressions)

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  • Miggins 6 years, 2 months ago

    That's the problem itself with moba games. Yes, it's important to have fun in a game, but matches can last up to 40 minutes or longer. So your fun may be just 40 minutes of misery for the other 4 people on your team. So that's probably why the community is so uptight over it. Never really played them though because it has such a bad rep with new players.

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    • Moblyn 6 years, 2 months ago

      Pretty much this. Many will even blame you for something they did just because they cant accept they may of made a bad play. I do love me some LoL but i do have to take breaks every once in awhile to get away from that awful awful playerbase.

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      • Miggins 6 years, 2 months ago

        I think that's why ARAM is becoming more and more popular. It's just a good quick way to get a game in. If your team is doing poorly, matches may last 20 minutes or so.

        I think if one person doing bad didn't overpower the other team, it'd be a little more accepting of newbies. But that'd completely remove the point of the game.

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        • Frank Hartnett 6 years, 2 months ago

          Pretty much all I play now are ARAMs. I'll only touch 5v5 or 3v3 if I'm playing with people that I know.

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  • Martin Wong 6 years, 2 months ago

    Can't stand LoL... All my mates play it and all I can hear during a game is them arguing over how badly one of them is playing. They all make excuses for doing poorly and I don't think have ever got along during a game. The community is stupidly unforgiving against new players too, I tried to play a game and was just harassed by the supposedly "MLG Pr0s". It's all just a bad experience IMO.

    Oh, and I HATE the gaming chatter too...

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    • Sickbrain 6 years, 2 months ago


      Is there a reason why you can't host private matches? I never played LoL ot Dota2, but I asked if there's a way to host private games in Dota and was told there's no way. My guess it has something to do with global ranking you get from matches, but they could always make private matches un-ranked and just for fun.

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      • Frank Hartnett 6 years, 2 months ago

        You can make custom games in LoL for every game type and set each lobby to public or invite only. On top of that, LoL also has a Co-op vs AI match which plays like any other game type except it's 5 people vs 5 AIs.

        You run into "MLG PROS" your first few games because those are just the high level/rank players making new accounts. If you want to avoid that, intentionally lose your first 3-5 games so the matchmaking system can throw you in with other newbies.

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