U.S. Issues First Working Visa to Professional Video Game Player
In a decision that puts video game playing on par with professional sports like baseball, the U.S. government has decided for the first time to grant special immigration status to one of the world’s top online gaming competitors.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services approved a working visa to Danny “Shiphtur” Le of Edmonton, Canada, placing him in the company of famous athletes like former soccer star David Beckham or Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu who have left their home countries to play in the United States.
Only Le is an eSports marvel, and one of the top international players of League of Legends, a virtual capture-the-flag game in which two teams of fantasy characters compete for a glowing orb.