The eSports sector is gaining evermore popularity and recognition these days. Until quite recently, professional gamers were frowned and dumped upon - quite the opposite is happening now, as its fanbase is constantly growing and as skilled gamers are acknowledged as professional athletes. USA's government now takes another step further: pro-gamers of multi-player online battle arena game "League of Legends" (LoL) - which is developed by Riot Games - are accepted as real sportsmen and are given visa, if they are participating at competitions or tournaments and if they have to travel across the country. Besides, this visa allowes foreign gamers to work in the country as well, said Nick Allen - eSports manager of Riot Games.
Dustin Beck - eSports vice president of Riot Games - describes mentioned changes as "milestone", because eSports is now an officially accepted form of sport. It is now treated equally like the NBA, NHL and other professional leagues. Gamers from other countries are also allowed to join US-American teams. "It is as if David Beckham would switch to LA Galaxy"
, said Beck. Furthermore he said, that it's been a long way to recognition. It had to be proven, that pro-gamers could make a career and a living. One of many barriers was the mistrust of society for this form of sports and its consistence. For instance, the All-Star events in May 2013 in Shanghai have clearly shown the extent of eGaming nowadays. The audience consisted of more than 18 million people, and the number is still growing.
Danny Le - better known as Shiphtur
- has already made use of those changes. He switched to the US-American "Team Coast". What do you think of the growing acceptance for eSports? Share your opinions and discuss about decisions made by the US government.