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Louis Vuitton surprises LoL world champions FPX with luxury gift

Published: 16/Nov/2019 18:20 Updated: 24/Nov/2019 18:22

by Daniel Cleary

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After their impressive win over G2 Esports at Worlds 2019 finals, each member of the FunPlus PhoeniX League of Legends roster was also provided with a custom Louis Vuitton gift.

Ahead of Worlds 2019, Riot Games announced that they would be partnering with Louis Vuitton to make the official case for the Summoner’s Cup during the Grand Finals in Paris on November 10.

Since then, they have revealed more ways that the worlds of fashion and esports can collide, introducing new Prestige skins in League of Legends for Qiyana and Senna, from the True Damage group, which were designed by LV’s artistic director.

However, the trophy case and skins were not all of the projects that the two companies have been collaborating on, as they also revealed that each of the FunPlus Phoenix members had received customized watches from Louis Vuitton.

Riot GamesQiyana was the first champion to receive a Louis Vuitton Prestige Edition skin.

David Higdon, Riot’s Global Head of Esports Communications, shared pictures of the players’ gifts and explained that the championship-winning team had received customized Louis Vuitton x League of Legends watches

“Our partner Louis Vuitton provided each member of the League of Legends Worlds 2019 Championship team, FunPlus PhoeniX, with customized LV x LoL watches.” He said, after posting pictures of FPX players showing off their new accessory.

The wristbands on each of the watches were marked with both the iconic monogram print, which is often seen on Louis Vuitton leather products, as well as the official LoL Worlds logo to mark the occasion.

The exact value isn’t known, but Louis Vuitton sells some of their popular watches for upwards of $5,000 and given these are exclusive, their value will be inflated – although we doubt any of the players plan on selling them.

However, it is possible that Riot Games and Louis Vuitton may release similar watches or more products in the future that will be available to a much wider audience for purchase.

The Louis Vuitton partnership marks the first time that Riot has collaborated with another major brand, outside of the world champion team skins, and introduced unique skins to League of Legends for players to enjoy.

Another game that is known for its collaborations on in-game skins is the popular battle royale, Fortnite, who has recently announced that a stormtrooper skin would be available for players after teaming up with Star Wars.

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T1 & LS respond to League of Legends coach controversy

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:02 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 14:05

by Lauren Bergin

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Both Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare and T1 have responded to the mass backlash against the iconic Korean organization seemingly ignoring LoL fan toxicity.

When Korean League of Legends behemoths T1 by mistake leaked that Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare would be the organization’s new coach, T1 fans went wild.

In a story that has gone viral, die-hard T1 fans have been seen giving LS racial and homophobic abuse online, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending mysterious packages to her address. For many, T1’s lack of substantial response up until this point has been considered as them condoning the abuse, and the controversy has caused many a fan to stray away from the T1 fold.

So while it’s taken some time, both parties have finally spoken out on the situation in an attempt to clarify what has been happening behind the scenes.

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One of the most famous pictures from this event is of a T1 fan’s van being parked outside T1’s HQ demanding LS’ removal.

T1 apologizes

A lengthy apology was released via Twitlonger from CEO Joe Marsh regarding the LS situation on November 24. The document is largely an apology towards the T1 fanbase for not speaking out quicker, and in turn, allowing the fans to be slandered and attacked by the press.

Marsh claims that T1 fans and South Koreans, in general, have been made victims of “unfair generalizations about their cultures, moral, and character” due to being “accused of harassing LS.” Additionally, the apology covers the unacceptable abuse towards LS that had been left on the organization’s discord, apologizing to the fans for any upset these may have caused.

T1 player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho also receives T1’s condolences, as T1 did not come to his defense after the LS news was leaked accidentally on his stream.

However, most League of Legends fans were concerned with LS, who only gets mentioned at the end of the Twitlonger in a paragraph that reads as more interested in appeasing the fans than addressing any abuse and doxxing. While Marsh confirms that a “police report” has been filed regarding the package sent to LS’ mother, there seems to be very little apology directed only to LS.

LS’ video response

In a 14-minute long YouTube video, LS addresses the T1 situation and his future with the organization. While he had initially been chosen to join the T1 content creation team, questions were asked whether or not he would like to move up to the role as a coach.

While expressing that it would be a dream come true, LS clarifies that he was happier with the content role.

He expresses his apologies for any previous support of bbq Olivers’ Sebastian ‘Malice’ Edholm’s racist remarks, noting that he had not seen the messages containing the offensive comments before he endorsed the player. As a man living in South Korea who calls it home, it’s clear LS would never knowingly have participated in defending racism despite T1 fans claiming otherwise.

As for the future, LS has chosen to remain in Korea. He states that “for all the years that teams wanted me to leave Korea and go coach elsewhere or join a different org, or join different teams; one thing’s always remained true and that’s that I love Korea and I don’t want to leave here. T1 is going to enable me to be able to do everything I’ve always wanted to do and more.”

So while this may not be the dramatic response that many fans were hoping for, LS seems prepared for a bright future regardless.