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LoL eSports - Season 2 World Champion Sentenced For Drug Trafficking

Published: 08:34, 25 November 2022
Riot Games
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The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Well, season two was a long time ago, but to hear a piece of news such as this is always heartbreaking, especially for the OG fans.

Riot Games started organizing World Championships in season 1, and by season 2, the League of Legends World Championship, even though incomparable to today, was a bit of a big deal.

This time Asia had, much like this year , taken the trophy home. Instead of Korea, though, it was a Taiwanese organization that won, called Taipei Assassins.

One of their players,  Kurtis ‘Toyz’ Lau, who retired in 2019 after taking on a variety of positions after leaving the mid lane, including a managerial one, has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges, for selling marijuana.

He was convicted on six accounts, four of which are for drug trafficking and two of which are for attempted drug trafficking, and his sentence is four years and two months long.

Riot Games Taipei Assassins - Season 2 World Champions Taipei Assassins - Season 2 World Champions

Now, we are all well aware that professional eSports players, especially in League of Legends, have a timer on their careers, as they retire early in life, even though numerous research have shown that the loss of reflexes or reaction time is not supported by science, and is just a toxic culture that forces them to retire.

After that, their fates are uncertain, as most started playing League after high school, or even during high school in the case of FAker, for example, who finished high school in an alternate way.

This prompts them to find their luck elsewhere, and this case of a World Champion having to resort to drug trafficking to make ends meet is one that paints a sad picture of life after the end of a professional League of Legends career.


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