US gaming news source Gamespot is reporting League of Legends players, ahead of the upcoming Season 3 Championship Finals in Los Angeles, are finally being categorized as 'athletes', a positive move for the gaming industry as a whole.
Riot Games eSports manager Nick Allen told the website that the "groundbreaking" decision came about after much back-and-forth between the developer and the government.
"This is groundbreaking for eSports; now we can start looking at international players when they come over. It's a much easier process because they're actually recognized by the government. This is a huge thing."
"This was a lengthy process; we had a lot of people fighting for this. It wasn't something that happened overnight," Allen said.