eSports Player Denied Visa as "Super Smash Bros. Melee is Not a Legitimate Sport"
April 30, 2016 - Super Smash Bros
William Hjelte, a Swedish universe category rival Super Smash Bros. Melee actor who is some-more ordinarily famous as “Leffen” in a eSports community, has had his US athletes visa denied since SSBM is “not deliberate a legitimate sport” by a government.
Leffen, who has been named a #3 Super Smash Bros. Melee actor in a universe by Melee It On Me’s 2015 Top 100 rankings, has been forced to extent his rival play to European tournaments following visa issues in a US. Leffen suggested a minute he had perceived from a US Citizenship and Immigration Services in a video for Red Bull eSports, in that he records how one of a organization’s reasons for denying him a operative visa was since of SSBM not being deemed a “legitimate sport” by USCIS.
Red Bull records how nonetheless Leffen has formerly proven himself to be among a world’s best SSBM players, these visa issues have led to him being released from a series of vital American tournaments. With many of a best talent in a rival SSBM village participating in these events, Leffen has therefore been incompetent to sight opposite opponents that compare his ability level.
Now a petition has been set up that will be brought to a courtesy of a White House if it receives adequate signatures, perfectionist that a USCIS commend Super Smash Bros. Melee as a legitimate competition in sequence to concede Leffen to contest in a US.
The petition, that requires 100,000 signatures in sequence to get a response from a White House, reads: “This petition arises from an ongoing conditions per one of a best Super Smash Bros. Melee players in a world, William “Leffen” Hjelte. In 2015, Mr. Hjelte was deported from a United States since he was sponsored by an American association while regulating a traveller visa, when he indispensable a work visa. After requesting for a P1 Visa, that is what veteran athletes use to come to a US, he was denied due to Super Smash Bros. Melee not being famous as a “legitimate” sport.
“Competitors in other eSports, such as League of Legends, have been authorized for P1 Visas in sequence to transport to a US and compete. Given a fashion set with League of Legends, other eSports should be deliberate “legitimate” sports in sequence to let players come and contest in a United States.”
An online debate has also been started on Twitter, requesting a USCIS “#FreeLeffen” by permitting him entrance into a US in sequence to contest in a region’s SSBM tournaments.