2013 saw the first two international eSports athletes official recognized by the U.S. Government as such. Why is that important? Before being granted the P-1A visa earlier this year to “temporarily to perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete” many international gamers like South Korean Kim Dong Hwan (AKA Startcraft II pro viOLet) had been denied entry into the country, putting his career and livelihood on the line.

This step to officially professionalize eSports in America means more top-level international gamers competing. Which hopefully means more exciting live events stateside.