Professional esports League of Legends Mid Laner Faker re-signs with T1, and has made him co-owner of the team.
A tweet with the bold caption Faker re-signs with T1 gained SKT fans’ attention. Despite T1 not claiming the World Championship since 2016, they continue to be a global force.
In the last four LoL Worlds Championships, T1 has made it to the semi-finals three times in the last four years. The League of Legends esports team, owned by SK telecom CS T1 Co., Ltd, had a disappointing loss to DamWon Gaming in the World’s 2021 semi-finals.
Since the end of the League of Legends World Championship 2021 (November 6th), T1 has seen the release of four players from their professional team, rather than extending their contracts. This includes Teddy, Hoit, Cuzz, and Clozer.
Clozer was T1’s sub Mid Laner. Cuzz (Jungle) and Teddy (ADC) were active members of the T1 2021 World Championship roster. Hoit was the substitute support for the 2021 season. At the moment, there is no formal announcement where Hoit or Teddy will sign. KT Rolster announced Cuzz and Aiming had joined the team.
On November 16th, Clozer left T1 and signed with Liiv SANDBOX. Likewise, Liiv SANDBOX acquired the LCK slot from Team Battle Comics.
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok’s contract will extend his time with T1 for a minimum of three years. At the moment, a three-year contract is the max length a player can sign with for any League organization. The new contract also makes Faker a co-owner of T1. Upon retirement, Faker will have the option to move into a leadership position, teaching T1’s next generation of players.
In the official T1 press release Faker went on to discuss his new contract. Here is what he had to say:
“I am excited to continue playing for T1 and am thankful for all the fans around the world who have supported me all these years.” Faker, “I am honored 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 mold the future of this organization.”
“T1 is thrilled to have Faker on its roster for the next three seasons,” stated Joe Marsh, CEO of T1. “Since T1’s inception, Faker has been the cornerstone of our team’s success and his undying passion for this organization will continue to drive us forward now that he is a part-owner of T1 Entertainment & Sports.”
“Even after Faker’s retirement – whenever that may be – he will begin the next chapter of his legacy in a leadership role with T1, helping to mold the next generation of elite esports athletes.”
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