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07-12-2013   #1 (permalink)
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After lengthy discussions between Riot Games and US government, League of Legends players now deemed professional athletes, can be awarded visas.
US government recognizes League of Legends players as pro athletes - GameSpot.com

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Cool~ Now I actually play a "sport".
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I'm not gonna get into a lengthy argument on here about what's considered a sport or not. I believe "sport" should include physical exertion, but the training regiments and the MENTAL exertion that some of the teams go through is enough in my opinion. Don't really feel like elaborating too much farther than that though lol. Just my 2 cents.
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I don't think the word athlete is a good term for a pro gamer. An athlete by definition has to be physical. Are chess players considered athletes?

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Pretty cool. Don't know why Dota 2 and HoN aren't also listed as sports though.
 
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We already knew pro gamers has something more than the normal human being. So if LoL players are pro gamers then Starcraft pro gamers must be...gods.
 
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I don't think the word athlete is a good term for a pro gamer. An athlete by definition has to be physical. Are chess players considered athletes?
They are.
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So when you go to physical exams, you can put down LoL as your prior athletic activity?

Whut.
 
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All it does is allow people coming in for tournaments to have to go through less red tape. You can get off your high horses. The average player isn't going to get jack shit while teams in the LCS do. Shit like this for the FGC would make EVO easier to do as well. Hell Chess is considered a sport by both US and Russian law and it is hardly a physical activity.
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I think we should start calling them "Wizards".
 
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And virtually every other game that require more skill will never be recognized purely because of popularity. Yep, this is the earth I know.
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And virtually every other game that require more skill will never be recognized purely because of popularity. Yep, this is the earth I know.
If League can be recognized as a sport then obviously there will be more following it eventually.
 
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If League can be recognized as a sport then obviously there will be more following it eventually.
If that happens, hey that's good. But I doubt it, at the very least it'll take a long, long time. Popularity is a strong thing.
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