Thursday, April 19, 2007

eSport recognized as authentic work

When swedish Marcus "zet" Sundström joined compLexity, an american Counter-Strike:Source clan, he needed a work visa which had to be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice. This would appear a bit problematic since zet's work stated that it would be professional gaming.
"Today The Syndicate is thrilled to announce that Marcus "zet" Sundström's work visa petition has been approved by the U.S. Department of Justice! The process proved to be a very challenging one, but with the help of our immigration attorneys we achieved success.

Beyond the great news that Marcus can play for compLexity for years to come, this is even bigger news for E-Sports in the United States. In order for the visa to be approved, our attorneys first had to convince the United States government that professional gaming is a real sport.

In other words, this decision sets a legal precendent that the U.S. has given our beloved pasttime the official seal of approval! This can only mean great things for all professional gamers in the future.

On April 26th, Marcus returns to Stockholm to complete the final phase of the visa process."
Zet's Visa Petition Approved!

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