StarCraft 2 player recognized as Pro Athlete by USA
South Korea’s Dong-hwan “Violet” Kim has earned around $100,000 playing Starcraft 2 tournaments. Now, he can finally travel to and from the US, to obtain even more wealth as a foreign born Korean StarCraft 2 player professionally.
Kim this week became the first professional StarCraft 2 player to receive a P-1A internationally recognized athlete visa. The visa is for those “coming to the U.S. temporarily to perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete, individually or as part of a group or team, at an internationally recognized level of performance,” according to the U.S. government.
The visa allows Kim to travel and earn money in the US for the next five years, playing Starcraft 2 and other games professionally and in tournaments.
Apparently, efforts to obtain a visa caused Kim some stress. “I’ve been so jealous when others Koreans traveled to the USA for tournaments,” Kim said in a release. “I have been trying to go to USA as well, but I got denied three times, and I was almost ready to give up…really almost, it was lots [of] drama.”