Introducing the Newest Athlete: Professional Gamers [Infographic]

When you think of professional gamers, the idea of athleticism probably doesn’t come to mind. Maybe it should, however. In July 2013, the U.S. government officially recognized gamers as professional athletes. There are several U.S. Visas professional athletes can be granted—the O-1 visa covers athletes.

Like professional hockey and basketball, the League of Legends Championship series is a recognized sport. The event is actually so large that it is held in three locations, including the massive Staples Center in Los Angeles. League of Legends has become the most played game in the world with nearly 32 million players per month. Professional gaming and eSports is growing rapidly in North America and Europe. In 2002, American company Major League Gaming was co-founded by Sundance DiGiovanni and Mike Sepso. Their tournaments grew only by word-of-mouth—and eventually, broadcasters aired professional gaming tournaments as a sport.

Celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Vin Diesel, Megan Fox and Daniel Craig are all gamers. They’re into games like World of Warcraft, Dungeons and Dragons, Mortal Kombat and Halo. Are you a gamer? What’s your favorite game? Please share in the comments, and be sure to check ou the infographic below to learn more about professional gaming!

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