A matchfixing scandal involving South Korea’s League of Legends eSports scene has been revealed after one of the players involved attempted to commit suicide. Cheon Min-Ki (AHQ K Promise, AD Pimir, patience) was part of a team allegedly assembled to make make it to the top, and then throw games against smaller teams.
Manager Noh Dae Chul invited five top LoL players to join his team. Noh then told Min-Ki and one other player that they would need to lose against certain teams in order to remain in the competition. He appears to have been banking on the lack of experience with the pro-gaming scene of the younger players on the team.
Team AHQ was also told that their cash and computers were sponsored by AHQ. This proved to be false as the eSports club only provided gaming gear for players to practice on; while the rest of the funds apparently came from a loan. Noh has since sold the team’s computers and cleared out the house they were living in.
The events came to light through a post on Reddit, where Min-Ki explained everything before his attempted suicide where he jumped from a 12 story building. Riot Korea, the Korean police and the Korean eSports Association have launched an investigation into the matter.