Are Gamers The New Professional Athletes?

ROFL 13-11-2013

In the US, perhaps. Just a few months ago, the US government officially recognized foreign gamers as professional athletes, granting them visas into the country. Gaming tournaments are so widely followed that a single venue couldn’t accommodate the latest League of Legends championship series. Instead, it had to be held in three separate locations including LA’s Staple Center.

So, is anyone up for changing career paths?

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  1. Joel L
    November 13, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I'm a big fan and supporter of competitive gaming and I'm happy to see how far it's come since the days of Quake and CS 1.6, but one thing that's seriously holding back the scene is the fact that new games come out so frequently.

    I'm not part of the fighting game community but I've seen them go through half a dozen different games from event to event. There was CS 1.6, then CS:S, and now CS:GO. There was SC, then WC3, then SC2. There was Dota, then LoL, then HoN, now Dota 2.

    There are tons of people who are interested in competitive gaming but with every new game that's released, that audience gets spread even thinner. Today, LoL is the biggest. Tomorrow, who knows? The only reason sports like Football, Soccer, etc. are so popular is because they've had decades to grow.