The incident between Faker and his attackers could make a big change in the League of Legends community.
On the afternoon of July 19 (Vietnam time), the Korean media reported on T1’s decision to launch the legal system and officially sue those who attacked Faker online. For those who don’t know, on the eve of the 2022 Summer LCK, the T1 team has discovered that some guys have created a column on the popular kimchi forum and the posts in these are all offensive and emotional. offense against Faker. At that time, the T1 team announced that they would thoroughly investigate the incident.
T1’s legal department officially sued the netizens who created a column to attack Faker
Going back to this incident, this can be seen as a very drastic move by T1 to protect its players. Although Faker is a contemporary legend of the Korean village of League of Legends in particular and eSports in general, T1’s handling of this time is indeed rare. Because, League of Legends has always been considered as one of the Esports with a rather toxic environment. And it’s not uncommon for players to be attacked or Faker himself being attacked. Too often, teams and players have to ignore these things to focus on the competition.
Faker is one of the players that always attracts the attention of the community and among them there are many negative comments.
But because of that, T1’s actions were enthusiastically applauded by the League of Legends community. According to many opinions, in Korea in particular and the village of League of Legends as well as Esports, “idol culture” is always a controversial issue. A fan (fan) can take a good idol, in this case a player, to the sky, there will be other cases of being drowned to the bottom. Particularly in League of Legends, no matter how famous a player is, they can become “victims” of toxic elements.
The League of Legends community has always been famous for its toxicity, especially a part of the crazy fans in the LCK – Korea’s top League of Legends.
Not only Faker, but other legendary players like Ryu, Uzi or Doinb… have also been victims of attacks many times. But then, everything fell silent. Because, teams may or may not know about these attacks. The players themselves did not want to mention it to avoid prolonged trouble. And so these behaviors are inadvertently tolerated.
Doinb has been attacked many times, especially when his team did not perform well
On the day T1 decided to sue those who attacked Faker, another incident was between the crazy fans and the team. The victim this time is KT Rolster (KT). Specifically, this team had to receive parcels containing “dangerous items” (according to KT’s announcement). Accompanied by heavy words for the members of the team.
Not only KT or Faker, but T1 and other teams in the LCK also received bad things from a part of crazy fans many times. These behaviors, although not directly affected physically, will certainly make the players psychologically and mentally affected. KT also reported asking the police to intervene.
T1 fans even rented cars with banners against the team’s policy of running around Seoul
T1’s strong hand against Faker’s attackers this time may set a precedent, helping teams to be bolder in resorting to the law to protect players. But more importantly, T1’s actions are expected to make teams aware that, with crazy fans, it is necessary to be strong when necessary to protect the players. This certainly does not cause teams to lose fans, but can also create sympathy because it helps the community see the efforts of these teams to protect players.
The community hopes the players will be more protected
It is not clear how T1’s lawsuit against Faker’s attackers can come to an end, but it has caused a stir in the League of Legends community. After T1, it will most likely be the turn of KT and other teams to follow suit. And players will have more protection, at least than before, when faced with criticism directed at themselves, as well as against the team and their families.