U.S. issues athlete visas to professional gamers

The United States is letting pro gamers from the U.K.'s Team Dignitas to enter the country on a visa normally used by elite athletes.

In the eyes of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, League of Legends is now a professional sport. Screenshot by GameSpot

The United States is finally allowing foreign pro gamers to enter the country on a visa normally used by elite athletes.

The move officially recognizes online game League of Legends as a professional sport, with players from U.K. clan Team Dignitas issued P-1 visas.

"The lawyers had to go back and forth with U.S. Immigration for several months to get everything in place, especially understanding that this is a sport," Michael O'Dell, Dignitas' manager, told the BBC.

To qualify for a P-1 visa, one has to demonstrate "a high level of achievement in a field evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition substantially above that ordinarily encountered, to the extent that such achievement is renowned, leading, or well-known in more than one country," according to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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