Video Gamers Are Athletes, According To The Japanese Government
Two South Korean professional gamers have obtained work visas to compete for a Japanese team. A first-of-its-kind decision for e-sports competitors.By Carter Woodiel | April 3, 2016
It's official: Professional video gamers are just like other athletes, at least in the eyes of the Japanese government.
Two South Korean gamers are now free to suit up for a Japanese professional e-sports team, thanks to work visas they received from Japan's Ministry of Justice. It's the first time e-sports athletes have received such a visa.
Essentially, Japan is acting as it usually does when foreign athletes are drafted by a Japanese sports team. But this time, instead of playing soccer or basketball, they're playing "League of Legends."