Perhaps, it has been a long time since RedBull’s showmatch event attracted as much attention as it does now. Because, participating in this year’s event-based, “entertainment” tournament is the reigning champion of Worlds 2023 – T1. It is because of the charisma of Faker and his teammates that it has attracted the attention of the League of Legends community even though this is simply an event that can be considered a fan meeting of T1. However, until now, the event has left some bad impressions and almost all are related to T1.
T1 experienced a “tumultuous” event in Germany.
However, besides the somewhat “mortifying” schedule and the fatigue of the players, the current attention is focused on Faker. Specifically, during that day’s event, people recorded a lot of disrespectful sounds when Faker spoke. Specifically, many viewers and streamers discovered that some people made a prolonged “boo” sound while Faker was being interviewed. This is considered disrespectful and has caused fierce controversy. Even Western audiences themselves do not accept it. The incident was later determined to be caused by some overly enthusiastic fans of Karmine Corp.
You can hear the sound quite clearly from the audience when Faker speaks
Recently, KC’s owner also spoke up about the incident. Accordingly, the team’s CEO affirmed that there was no such thing as KC supporting the act of attacking the players in any form. The CEO admitted that there was a part of KC fans who acted disrespectfully towards Faker. However, the CEO also said: “We tried to immediately stop those people who were “booing” when Faker spoke. Other KC fans there tried to stop these people.” The CEO also said it was just “an act of cheering on their team, and sometimes they go a little far”.
CEO KC: “Dear e-sports fans from around the world! Karmine Corp has never and will never encourage fans to boo other teams. It has happened before and personally I told the Board that it wasn’t the best way to cheer (and then we hired the same coach who was booed from the other team)”
However, there are still many objections that the CEO is in fact somewhat… “crooked”. Because Esports culture and traditional sports have many different elements. Fan cheering culture is also different when players will have to endure more direct attacks than traditional sports athletes. Not to mention, there is clearly a lot of disrespect for Faker and this comes from the team’s own communication.
International audiences are upset because a part of KC fans disrespect Faker
– For a team that hasn’t achieved anything in a major region, they’re a bit noisy
– Every time I start liking KC, their fans remind me how toxic they are
– Imagine how you would feel standing in Faker’s position after doing so much for League of Legends and also coming to this event after playing 2 major tournaments. MSI, Worlds and Asian Games. All (except MSI), went to the finals and were booed
– T1 travels around the world to play showmatch, interact… and this is how they are welcomed.
“The truth is that there was a clear lack of respect for Faker and how can you be sure that this won’t happen again in the future?”
Currently, CEO KC’s letter as well as the incident related to Faker are still receiving the attention of the League of Legends audience. Faker and T1 themselves probably won’t care, but certainly, the disrespectful actions of a portion of KC fans are causing the audience to have a bad view of the LEC region.