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Match fixing in LoL leads to suicide attempt

Traditional sports are plagued by all kinds of controversies – doping, personal player scandals and match fixing cause outrage, but are expected. It appears that eSports is reaching that point, too, as a match fixing scandal was revealed at the highest levels of play. Unfortunately, it also led a player to try to take his own life.

Former ADC of ahq Korea, Promise (aka Pimir, aka patience, aka MinKi Cheon) took to inven to reveal the awful underbelly of eSports. You can read the entire translation over on Reddit. According to Promise, during the 2013 League of Legends Championships, the team manager Noh told the teammates a series of lies about needing to lose specific matches. These including matches against major teams KT and CJ. Promise and Actscene (another ahq Korea player) were apparently the only ones involved in game fixing, with other teammates finding out about it after the games.

Of course the big question is why. Was it just pure greed? Well, according to Promise’s statements:

When we first made the team, AHQ didnt actually sponsor us in cash. THey just gave us gaming gear and the team name. Manager Noh borrowed money for our living costs, housing, computer, our pay etc. Players didnt know about this and learned about it later. He was going to play illegal sports gambling by fixing games to pay back all the borrowed money + make profits.

Ahq lol

So this top tier team wasn’t actually sponsored for salaries and living costs, only their gaming gear. This led their manager to borrow money, later hoping to recoup those costs through match fixing and illegal gambling? What a sad state of affairs. Korea is usually the pioneers when it comes to eSports, I just worry about what we may see globally in the coming years. Apparently another top player, ReSEt of team KT also tried to reveal it to the public last year, but failed as the manager sued him for libel.

Promise couldn’t handle the guilt and shame as a result of this match fixing scandal, posting a suicide note to his Facebook page. He then proceeded to jump off a 12 story building in an attempt to take his own life. He survived the fall, first going into a coma before waking up in critical condition. It is such a terrible shame that this awful situation led him to feel the only solution was to take his own life. Here’s hoping that he makes a speedy recovery and is rewarded by the eSports community for exposing this awful underbelly. I hope Riot helps support players, giving them an anonymous way to report these problems and ensure they are protected from predatory sponsorships and managements.

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Author:Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!
  • Gerhard Davids

    Man that’s hectic.
    There’s a dark side to everything (except cake) and seeing it is never fun.

    • ToshZA
      • Gerhard Davids


        • ToshZA

          Dunno, but now I want some. And I don’t even like cake.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Who doesn’t like cake…. you like other sweet things surely?

          • ToshZA

            Not really, no. I’ve never been much for sweets or chocolates. As an example, a slab of chocolate takes me a month to finish.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Damn takes me 5 minutes.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Great. Now I want chocolate cake.

        • VampyreSquirrel

          I’ve wanted cake since yesterday… Damn you @rincethis:disqus

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I had some of his mom’s cake on Tuesday. It was great.

            And you know what the best part of saying that is? It has layers of innuendo & literal truth.

          • Admiral Chief of comments

            Jou ma se koek?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            is baie lekker?

          • VampyreSquirrel

            lol… the pun in that is kinda dodgy… funny, but dodgy.

            Rince’s mom, has got it going on… in the kitchen, serving cake

          • TiMsTeR1033

            *shakes head*

          • RinceIsIngwer

            Damn bro.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I want some of your moms cake!

      • Hammersteyn

        light cant escape it!

      • Admiral Chief of comments

        But WHY the silly sprinkles?????

        • TiMsTeR1033

          They add PAZAZZ!

          • Admiral Chief of comments

            Pah, a Jedi craves not pazazz

          • TiMsTeR1033

            The sprinkles are there to make you feel like a kid again when eating it.

      • TiMsTeR1033

        Fuck it I want that cake!!!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Apple pie doesn’t cut it anymore?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            no it doesn’t!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Chocolate cake has a dark side :/

    • Kensei Seraph

      Portal, enough said.

      • Gerhard Davids

        That wasn’t cake… that was a lie!

        • Kensei Seraph

          The dark side of cake is when it’s a lie.

          Idea for the next Portal game Portal 3: The Dark Side of Cake.

    • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

      Fruit Cake?

  • ToshZA

    I wonder if certain individuals in this country are involved in this sort of thing. Wouldn’t surprise me.

    Edit: no, I’m not saying anyone actually is, and I’m not calling out any names or pointing fingers. It just wouldn’t surprise me.

  • Stephen Snook

    Pretty crazy that he survived a fall like that.

    • VampyreSquirrel


    • TiMsTeR1033

      He was ,what one calls LUCKY.

      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        Or had an item equipped granting an aura of armor.

  • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

    The hell, not making fun but Seppuku????????

    Damn man…..This is horrible

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

  • RinceIsIngwer


  • Hammersteyn

    Look at their uniforms. These guys mean business. No wonder he took it so bad. Hope he makes a full recovery.

  • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

    What is LoL, precious….?

  • Sk3tz0

    Hectic… Those hairstyle my word…

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Wow! I actually had to read the article twice. I couldn’t believe my eyes. hectic!

  • Thomas Gour

    This picture is AHQ TW, not KR…

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    My word that’s terrible. Also…. HOW THE HELL DOES SOMEONE SURVIVE A 12 STORY FALL!?!??! Obviously had an item equipped granting +10 to hp and armor.

    But back in real life, Hope he gets better soon.

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