LoL LCS athletes will be awarded visas as the U.S. recognizes them as professional athletes.
In an interview with Gamespot, Riot Games' eSports Manager Nick Allen revealed that the United States Government has officially recognized League of Legends as a professional sport. The U.S. will now award visas to international players competing in the LCS (League Championship Series). While this is huge news for LoL, as Allen says in the interview, "this is groundbreaking for eSports," as a whole. Allowing visas for professional players simplifies the process of travel and makes international tournaments far easier to conduct.
Allen reveals in the interview that the process of convincing the government to issue these visas was long and arduous. Eventually, however, officials had no further reason to say no and granted visa rights to all competitors in the LCS.
For those less familiar with the intricacies of international travel regulations, visas are granted by a country to allow visitors for a limited amount of time. In the past, many LCS pros may have had to jump through a number of legal hoops to secure a visa to travel to the United States. This can include visiting a far-away embassy, applying for a visa and praying it is granted. Now, getting a visa for LCS athletes will be a much more streamlined process; players will no longer have to worry about whether or not the U.S. will allow them to travel and stay here.
This will be very helpful, with the LCS World Championship on the horizon. So far, only the LCS has been recognized (that we know), but many other eSports are sure to follow.
Source: Gamespot Interview