One of the most recognisable names in professional esports, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok is set to take on an even more senior role in the industry thanks to a new three-year deal with T1 Entertainment & Sports. The League of Legends pro has competed on the T1 team for years, and this new deal won’t just ensure that he stays with them for the next three seasons; it will actually make him a co-owner of their entire organisation.
Faker’s New Three-Year Deal with T1
“I am excited to continue playing for T1,” Faker recently told ESPN; “and am thankful for all the fans around the world who have supported me all these years. I am honoured to become a part-owner of T1 and look forward to working with the leadership team beyond my playing career. I love this team and am proud to help mould the future of this organisation.”
With the signing of this new deal, Faker will be going on to try and claim his fourth World Championship win in League of Legends. His seven-year career has already seen him win three World Championships, not to mention several Most Valuable Player awards, among other accolades. Indeed, his success has made him one of the most well-known esports players – not merely the talk of gaming forums but across the entire esports sphere. Of course, he doesn’t seem to be planning on retiring anytime soon. However, this new deal will reportedly lead to him taking on a position on T1’s leadership team, as and when that time does come.
According to T1 CEO Joe Marsh, the reason why this contract is only three years long is that Riot Games won’t permit the organisation to offer anything longer. However, making Faker a part-owner is likely to ensure that the esports pro remains with T1 for much longer.
After all, even after he does retire from their frontline team, he now looks likely to become an integral voice in determining the organisation’s future strategies and training. For now, of course, he will remain a core part of T1’s pro-LoL team as they head into the next World Championship. Indeed, most likely the next three World Championships at the very least…