Henry Evans, J.D., M.A., an instructor of the sport management program at Washington State University, will speak in the third and final sport management research meeting of the fall 2019 semester. His presentation, “Esports Immigration Alternatives for International Gamers,” will occur 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, in Cleveland Hall 255 in Pullman.

Professional video gaming has become increasingly popular over the last decade. Video games have become more than just a source of entertainment, and are now a source of livelihood for many professional gamers. Many of them are not residents of the United States, but still wish to enter the country to compete in major tournaments in the United States. Entry has proven difficult due to unreliable and inconsistent visa options for professional gamers, forcing them to either be left behind, or enter the country without appropriate documentation. This presentation will discuss the options esports competitors have to temporarily visit the United States until the P-1A visa (granted to athletes and performers) becomes a more stable option for professional gamers.

Sport management research meetings are organized by the sport management program at Washington State University. They occur monthly, and feature faculty and student presentations of ongoing and completed research projects. Students and faculty from all programs are welcome to attend.

This is the final research meeting of the fall 2019 semester.

Those who miss the presentations, but are interested in the topic can access the video archive of past presentations.