League of Legends hosts world championship
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 21:08
Many would not call a group of five adults playing a video game, “athletes” - that title given to others more like Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan and Hulk Hogan. But now the United States is recognizing professional League of Legends gamers as athletes.
This is more than just a title, international LoL pros will now be able to travel around the world with working visas to attend tournaments in all sorts of different companies. The Riot Esports manager Nick Allen says in an interview with Gamespot that “this is groundbreaking for Esports”.
“This is a lengthy process, we had a lot of people fighting for this, and it wasn’t something that happened overnight," Allen said. "This is constant back and of like, ‘Show us more proof, is this realistic’, and that sort of thing. Eventually it got to the point where they were like, ‘Okay, we have no reason to say no. This is legitimate”.
League of Legends is holding its Season 3 World Championship at the Staples Center on Sept. 16. The grand prize is a whopping $1 million. Now that sounds legitimate. Tickets for the championship sold out in around 30 seconds of opening.
With stats like 32 million active users and over 1 billions hours played a monthly, it seems like League of Legends could quickly become on par with today’s most popular sports.