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theScore esports Daily (Jan. 10): More KeSPA bribery allegations, Riot sign extension with Big Ten Network

by Keith Capstick Jan 10
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KT donations under criminal investigation: report

KT, South Korea's second-largest mobile-carrier and owner of LCK LoL team KT Rolster, is facing allegations of bribery for "donations" to KeSPA. This money was allegedly sent to establish favor with the organizations former chairman, Jun Byung-hun who is also the former South Korean presidential secretary for political affairs, The Korea Times reported on Jan. 3.

This is the second allegation of bribery and embezzlement involving KeSPA since November, when KeSPA's Seoul offices were raided and three unnamed people were arrested. The arrests were made in connection to an investigation that alleges South Korean company Lotte Home Shopping sent around $269,000 USD to KeSPA in 2015. At the time prosecutors said it was unclear whether this money constituted a bribe.

Riot signs two-year TV deal with the Big Ten network

Riot Games and the Big Ten Network signed a new deal on Wednesday to lock-in to more years of the Big Ten Network League of Legends League.

Beginning with these next two seasons, all 14 Big Ten schools will be competing.

Riot is pledging $35,000 in scholarship funds to each LoL team in the league. That money will be spread amongst the teams' roster and staff members. In total, Riot will be handing out $490,000 in scholarship money.

Heroic join forces with energy drink company CULT

Counter-Strike Global Offensive team Heroic announced a new partnership with Danish energy drink company CULT on Wednesday.

The co-founder of RFRSH Entertainment, the company that owns both Heroic and CS:GO powerhouse Astralis, is happy about the move and has high hopes for Heroic's future.

"We always strive to work with Commercial partners with the desire and ability to contribute to the esports scene in a positive fashion and who have the ambitions to change the perception of esports," said Jakob Lunch Kristensen, in a press release. "In this connection, we’re proud to team up with an organization like CULT."

The CULT logo will be in a key position on Heroic's jerseys. In terms of cash, the deal is described as "substantial" but no other details are available at this time.

Keith Capstick is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.