Faker reports Qingtian for intentional feeding violation
Top Esports Tencent League of Legends Pro League (LPL) substitute top laner Yu “Qingtian” Zi-Han has been fined one month’s salary for intentional feeding in solo queue games on the Korean ranked ladder. The organization fined Qingtian after he was called out by Lee “Faker” Sanghyeok.
Faker discovered Qingtian’s toxic behavior when he was live-streaming one of his games on Twitch. During the stream, his team’s top laner refused to communicate with his teammates. He also intentionally fed himself to the opponent’s top laner and spammed surrender votes, despite his team continuously managing to come back and win the game. The top laner finished the game with a 0-16 kill/death ratio.
After the game finished, Faker reported the top laner for the intentional feeding. He then came to realize that the player was none other than Qingtian, a professional player who is also a substitute top laner in the LPL for Top Esports. He was playing on the Korean super server from China.
Faker claimed that the issue of Chinese players intentionally playing poorly in Korean solo queue games had been a persistent issue since 2015, which Riot Games have not been able to tackle. He said he did not understand why Chinese pro players were still allowed on the Korean super server.
Qingtian has responded to the news. He posted an apology on his Weibo account after the clip of him intentionally playing poorly in the Korean super server went viral. In the official apology, he said he would “accept all penalties dealt by the team and the league”. He also said that he would all his games “with integrity”.
In response to the toxic behavior from their substitute player, Top Esports said they would punish Qingtian with a month worth of salary deduction, in accordance with the official punishment rules of the LPL.
Riot Korea has also responded to Faker’s implied plea to ban Chinese players from the Korean super server, saying that it was “difficult to consider this matter solely from the perspective of the Korean region”.
According to the official statement, the Korean super server accounts are offered to pro players from all regions who wish to play in the server’s solo queue.
Deal with T1
Previously in mid-February, Faker signed a three-year deal with T1 that saw him becoming part-owner of T1 Entertainment & Sports. After he retires, Faker will take up the helm at the company, according to ESPN.
“I am excited to continue playing for T1 and am thankful for all the fans around the world who have supported me all these years,” Faker said to ESPN.
“I am honored to become a part-owner of T1 and look forward to working with the leadership team beyond my playing career. I love this team and am proud to help mold the future of this organization.”
Faker, so far in his seven-year professional career, has won three World Championships and multiple Most Valuable Player awards as well as many other tournaments.