Death threats are unacceptable no matter what they are over, but now, T1 is making sure that the common practice of online harassment will be met with legal repercussions, after their team’s staff, players, and even some of their family members, have been met with death threats online stemming from the benching of Faker.
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T1 Death Threats
A recent loss in the wildcard match of the LCK Summer Playoffs has brought up a new wave of these death threats, which prompted T1 to send out a tweet on their official account stating that they are “preparing to take legal actions against these attacks.”
In fact, the death threats got so bad that the CEO of T1, Joe Marsh, had to even step in a few weeks ago and warn unruly fans that there would be consequences if it didn’t settle down soon.
“If the onslaught of violent virtual attacks continues, we will explore legal action to put an end to it.” He even followed back up with another tweet just yesterday that said that T1 had warned people that there would be actions, and now those actions were here.
Long story short, death threats aren’t acceptable PERIOD. Whether it’s for the loss, the benching of Faker, or any other imaginable reason, esports have this weird veil of “no consequences” because the majority of it happens online. It’s super gross, and personally, I cannot wait for another idiot to tweet out a death threat and have a large legal issue fall into their lap because they didn’t want the smoke. Twitter fingers could turn into trigger fingers, so I applaud T1 for taking the safety of their players and coaches seriously and attempting to curb the onslaught of idiots who think they can get away with it.
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