First gamer to be recognized as an athlete by U.S Government

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Whether or not you want to call playing video games a sport and the gamers athletes, the gears have been turning to make professional gamers athletes at the legal level since July 2013. Five months later, we have our first gamers to obtain such recognition, Kim “Violet” Dong Hwan, a 23-year-old South Korean StarCraft player, followed by League of Legend star Danny “Shiphtur” Le of Canada.

What does this mean for gamers? International gamer gamers are now able to obtain P-1A visas which will allow them to live, compete, and earn a salary in the United States for at least the next five years. In the bigger picture, the sky is the limit for games and gamers everywhere! Look at it this way, waaaaay back when, people kicked spherical objects around with one another for fun, then they made up rules and made it a game, then they called it fulball/soccer and before you know it, the game became legally recognized as a sport and the players athletes. Same thing here with games, I’m just saying….


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