|QUOTE (d0mm2k8 @ Monday, Jul 15 2013, 16:20)|
| It's just seems that the main reason for objection of calling them athletes isn't due to the fact that the definition of athlete doesn't strictly apply to pro-gamers (but again, this is all semantics of terminology), but is due to people seeing sport as something above gaming and shouldn't be compared to the level of sports.|
I'm not sure if this is the case but I don't think people would seriously debate so harshly on something as trivial as the meaning of the words 'sport' and 'athletes'.
I expect there is certainly an element of that, yes.
But in that regard they are just as guilty of missing the point as those caught up in technical semantics.
Because almost everyone has a view that certain "sports" are below the level of other "sports". But to what degree do such quantifications of percieved sporting value matter, if at all?
It's all besides the point. The point being that this visa is the only visa currently available to people who compete in X or Y for a living.
Any negative viewpoint can only been seen as an attack on the US government for not creating new catagories for visa application (waste of money in my opinion), or an attack on professional eSports competators purely out of spite or envy, or just a complete lack of comprehension in relation to the entire topic.