League of Legends pro gamer attempts suicide after match-fixing incident
Following a confession on a League of Legends (LoL) community site, pro-gamer Cheon "Promise" Min-ki jumped off a 12-floor building on Thursday.
Chosun, a Korean news website, reported that the incident took place at 5:13 am Thursday, after Promise exposed how his team, AHQ, was deceived by their manager Noh Dae Chul.
Promise wrote on gaming website Inven, translated by a Reddit user, that Noh supposedly tricked him and his teammates into joining the team under the premise of sponsorship by Taiwanese e-Sports club AHQ.
He and his teammates grew suspicious of Noh when the man told them to lose a series of games for money. After a phone call to AHQ's Taiwan headquarters, Promise discovered that the club only sent gaming gear to the team, and never gave Noh money for their living expenses, nor computers for their practice.
The team then found out that Noh had borrowed huge amounts of money for their rent and computers. To pay his debts and make money, Noh assembled their team in order to bet against them in illegal gambling sites.
At the end of his note, Promise wrote "I am sorry for all of this, and I can’t tell you everything, but I’m leaving now as I cant deal with this anymore."
Gaming website Twinfinite later reported that Pimir landed on a recycling bin after his fall. Although he is no longer in a coma, Promise has suffered bruises and fractures from the fall.
Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles, LoL analyst and a friend of Promise, tweeted that police authorities are now working with the Korea e-Sports Association (KeSPA), of which Pimir is a part of, and Riot Games, LoL developer, to find Noh.
This is not the first incident of "toto" or match-fixing in Korean e-sports. In 2010, BBC News reported that KeSPA pressed charges against several players and officials for accepting bribes to rig matches. — TJD, GMA News