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US offers 'athlete' visas to League of Legends video game players




Gaming enthusiasts watch a League of Legends game 3 at the Gamescom 2012 gaming trade fair on August 16, 2012 in Cologne, Germany. Gamescom is Europe's largest gaming expo with 600 international developers exhibiting their latest products. Around 250,000 visitors are expected to attend the four-day event being held between August 15-19.
Gaming enthusiasts watch a League of Legends game 3 at the Gamescom 2012 gaming trade fair on August 16, 2012 in Cologne, Germany. Gamescom is Europe's largest gaming expo with 600 international developers exhibiting their latest products. Around 250,000 visitors are expected to attend the four-day event being held between August 15-19.
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Video gamers don't really come to mind when you hear the term, professional athlete. However, the U.S. government has now decided that some gamers may apply for a P1 visa, which was previously reserved for professional athletes.