Import players will now need working visas in order to compete in the League of Legends Pro League and the League of Legends Secondary Pro League in the coming 2017 season.
The Chinese esports pro team federation’s League of Legends division has made an official announcement on Monday regarding the changed regulations regarding player importation and registration, writes Ilgan Sports’ Kwon Oh-yong.
According to article two, clause two, item three, it writes that “players of foreign nationality must have Z visas (working visas) or a M visa (business visa),” making it impossible for players to compete on tourist visas.
This announcement comes after much controversy surrounding a report that many Korean players might be playing on tourist visas in China, and whether or not this will impact the movement of Korean players is still unclear. It’s interesting to note that three high-profile Korean players in China — Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong from Royal Never Give Up and EDward Gaming’s Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu and Heo “Pawn” Won-seok — have announced their intentions to leave the region in recent weeks.
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