StarCraft player recognized by US as pro athlete

Violet, as Kim is known, as earned nearly $100,000 by playing video games.

(Credit: CSA)

South Korea’s Dong-hwan “Violet” Kim has earned nearly $100,000 playing video games. Now, he also has a US professional athlete visa to boast about.

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. Apparently, efforts to obtain a visa caused Kim some stress.

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