KeSPA President Jun Byung-Hun issued a ‘President’s Letter’ of disappointment regarding the ‘Team Dark incident’ on Nov. 25th.
Chairman Jun stated that he plans to write more ‘President’s Letters’ to fans in the future in which he precisely explains the stance of KeSPA regarding future issues as well.
Below is the full ‘President’s Letter’ about Team Dark:
On Saturday evening I received many SNS messages from E-Sports fans saying that ‘Sportsmanship in E-Sports has crumbled.’
On Sunday, after finishing a briefing for political issues, I was informed of the details regarding the game, the news reports about it, and the reaction from the community and the fans. This letter to the fans and the press contains the conclusion that KeSPA reached.
Firstly, as the President and leader of Korean E-Sports, I cannot help but express extreme disappointment about this incident.
Even though ‘Team Dark’ is not part of KeSPA and are not licensed progamers, as President and representative of Korean E-Sports I apologize to all the fans who felt irritated after the match.
As President, I feel that this incident cannot happen in the future, and KeSPA, Riot Games, and Ongamenet are discussing appropriate actions for ‘Team Dark,’ and the results of our discussion will be announced as soon as possible.
However, as President I have a responsibility to not just pros, but Korean E-Sports as a whole. I believe that a new system should be created in which amateurs are able to shoot for higher challenges, and this system should not create a situation in which the passion of the amateurs can be broken.
E-Sports’s greatest strength that other sports lack, in my opinion, is ‘open opportunity.’
The World Championship is a worldwide festival for all the fans who enjoy League of Legends. All those who enjoy playing LoL should have a shot at the title.
Though a team may not be pro, if that amateur team has a passion hotter than pros, that team should be given a chance to win the World Championships, and open opportunities like this will make Korean E-Sports healthier and progress further.
KeSPA will take this bad incident as a lesson and will think about ways to revitalize teams with a system of support and promotion to create a healthy amateur scene filled with passion.
Also, we will review our current progamer licensing system as a whole.
Lastly, as President I will look forward to the day when the ‘Amateur’s Passion’ overcomes the ‘Pro’s Experience.’
Translated by jpak