|QUOTE (reform @ Saturday, Jul 13 2013, 14:48)|
| The article is misleading being as it is LoL-centric, but the "athlete" status applies to professional eSports players across the board, not just LoL. And the fact that Chess, Poker, and "eSports" don't fit the traditional definition of sport doesn't actually matter in the slightest.|
eSports are becoming bigger and bigger, and the revenue they generate is the reason this is happening. America apparently wants in on that revenue and as such has elected to make it easier for professional players to travel there for events.
I still feel that you're missing the crucial point of "athlete" status being a technicality. There's no point in the US Gov creating a whole new catagory for the purposes of visas. Pro Chess players, Pro Poker players, etc. are all afforded the same privileges .
No, gaming is becoming bigger and bigger and they want to capitalize on the opportunity to generate tax income, like Darrin mentioned. Not 'eSports' .. the casual gamer is the larger majority of gaming period not the hardcore gamers into tournaments and competitive gaming. I don't think them using the term 'athlete' is a technicality. They wouldn't throw that word out there if they didn't mean it. They use the term athlete because it refers to a competitive activity and believe they are in fact 'athletes', when they truly aren't. Anyone can become a master of gaming. Not anyone can become a master of physical sport such as football, soccer, discus, javelin, etc. Which is why when they use the term athlete, I develop spit in my mouth out of disgust.
Gamers looking into a screen playing a game that uses buttons as manipulation is in no form a sport nor are they athletes. But I'm done debating, we'll just agree to disagree man.