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Riot reduce Hai’s League Partner probation after backlash

Published: 13/Jun/2020 12:15

by Daniel Cleary


Riot Games has reduced the punishment issued to former Cloud 9 star Hai Du Lam, who was put on 3-month probation the League Partner Program after a questionable ban sparked massive backlash from fans and fellow streamers such as Voyboy and Tyler1.

Hai has become a popular League of Legends streamer following his LCS career and was well known for his positive attitude during his time as a pro player.

However, the streamer recently hit out at Riot after he was issued a chat restriction in League of Legends, for calling out two AFK players in a Solo Q match while they had remained unpunished, leaving fans confused after many in the community claimed the decision was unfair.

Following his initial punishment, it was revealed that Riot would also be putting Hai on 3-month probation from the League Partner Program, which offers benefits such as competing in Twitch Rivals, skin giveaway codes, and much more.

This resulted in massive backlash towards Riot’s decision, with some of League’s personalities such as Voyboy even giving up the LPP perks and threatening to leave the partner program in defense of his fellow streamer.

Tyler1 also chimed in, claiming that the punishment “made no sense” and that even he should be removed from the Partner Program if Riot were to stand behind their decision.

“Obviously if you do it to him it’s going to make no sense,” Tyler added, highlighting Hai’s reputation among the LoL community “the play would be to either remove my LPP and ban me from tournaments or don’t touch Hai.”

Shortly after the outrage, Hai shared that he had a conversation with Riot, on June 13, and that his probation had been lifted, with the moderation team reducing it to just a warning instead.

It was also revealed that Riot will be working on better systems to punish LPP members that have taken things a bit too far on or off Summoner’s Rift.

While some are still unhappy with Riot’s handling of the situation, Hai has seemingly moved on from the drama and explained that he was eager to return to League of Legends with a more positive approach.

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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


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.

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.