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Members of the League of Legends community have come together to support one of their own.

If you asked anyone outside of the league community what they thought about its players, they would probably say they were a bunch of immature, dramatic, short tempered, children, with too much time on their hand. Well, we got something to prove you wrong.

At 5:56AM, AHQ Pro League Player Cheon “Promise” Min-K fell from a 12 story building landing on the roof of a recycling center and survived after trying to commit suicide. What drove the promising player to jump was the fact that AHQ was created by the manager to throw games and lose on purpose. Promise wrote how he was threatened by team manager Noh Dae Chu to lose on purpose.

 

When we first made the team, we were told that AHQ sponsored us with cash and computers. We didn’t know they only gave us gaming gear for rights to the team name. Our manager Noh had lied to us, and took out a loan to pay for our housing, living expenses, computers, and even our salaries. He was planning on placing illegal bets on eSports games and fixing them to win back the borrowed money and make a profit.

When the manager allegedly sold off their practice computers informing them it needed to be done to pay their rent, Promise went on to say

 

Later on, I contacted AHQ and talked to their management in Taiwan. They denied ever donating any money or computers. They only donated gaming gear meant for the players themselves, not manager Noh. I asked if we could keep rest of the gear for practice and they approved. Eventually, we discovered that Noh was selling our practice computers so he could pay off his debts and run…
…we confronted Noh and announced we’re leaving the team. We demanded payment for the months that he still owed us. Noh responded that he couldn’t give us the money right away, but he would instead waive the 50% commission that AHQ claimed on prize money. Since we previously talked to AHQ management, the entire team already knew Noh was lying. AHQ never sponsored us with cash, never had rights to prize money and the computers didn’t belong to them, so who is he trying to pay money back to?

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Match Fixing in Korea is considered a Federal Crime punishable by a high extent of the law. Feeling like his professional career was over, Promise left these final words before jumping.

 

I’m not in this world after 5 minutes, AHQ Korea was a team made by Noh to profit off illegal gambling, teammates didn’t know and we had to fix games because of this. AHQ Taiwan never sponsored our team, it was a lie. I am sorry for all of this, and I can’t tell you everything, but I’m leaving now as I cant deal with this anymore.

jksjxz8yltdvry5f6vrxIt is understood that Promise grew up in a struggling home. Having had his father run out on him, Promise only way to a better life in his mind was professional gaming.

NA Pro gaming team Team Solo Mid recently donated $15,000 to help pay off Promise’s medical costs. Many websites likePromiseofhope.co have surfaced to help encourage Promise to find hope in his fans, fellow summoners, and pro players.

 

With the help of our community, @TeamSoloMid has raised 15,000 USD so far which will go directly to AHQ Promise’s medical bills. #TSMTSMTSM— Andy Dinh (@TSMReginald) March 15, 2014

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Narz is a journalist whom writes about League of Legends, video game psychology, gaming events in NYC, and loves being a otaku. Currently studying CBT/positive psychology in independent research to one day become a Player behavior Specialist for eSports. She also loves curry and wine. (/◕ヮ◕)/