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Riot suspend Origen League of Legends coach for “unacceptable behavior”

Published: 3/Jun/2020 18:29

by Daniel Cleary

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Origen’s League of Legends strategic coach Jack ‘Kayys” Kayser has been dropped from his staff position after Riot issued him with a suspension on June 2.

Riot Games has revealed that they have now concluded their investigations into Origen’s strategic coach, issuing him with a temporary suspension from the LEC, which will last until June 25.

The coach was found to have displayed “unacceptable behavior” in League of Legends during his personal time on the popular MOBA title.

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Origen’s League of Legends strategic coach has been suspended following Riot’s investigation on June 2.

The LEC issued a statement with their competitive ruling on June 2, surrounding the controversial comments that the coach has made during his solo queue matches in League of Legends.

They shared their findings and claimed that he had displayed multiple instances of negative behavior, with league officials adding that his use of “discriminatory language” had violated the LEC’s code of conduct rules.

“Kayser’s usage of discriminatory language towards other players in the game is unacceptable and has no place in our competitive ecosystem,” Riot stated.

They continued on, highlighting that, while he had received no warning, they still felt it was necessary to take immediate action, ”the violations were egregious and occurred in multiple instances which is why we are issuing an immediate suspension.”

However, Kayys was also released from his position at Origen shortly after, meaning that he would need to find a new team if he planned on making his return after his suspension lifts on June 25.

Origen replied with a brief statement on his removal, thanking him for his efforts through the LEC’s 2020 spring split and wishing him well on his future in League of Legends.

Kayys later made a statement of his own on the matter, responding to the controversy to clarify some of the context surrounding his suspension.

After explaining that he does regret his mistakes, Kayys claimed that he did not use any racially discriminatory language during the incidents mentioned in Riot’s statement.

With the LEC’s summer split kicking off on June 12, the strategic coach also shared that he will be moving back to the US for some time off before sharing his career plans moving forward.

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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.