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?