Team Dragon Knights fined $10,000 for poaching; Fury, Ninja and team owner receive bans

by Daniel Rosen Dec 19 2015
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As punishment for attempting to poach Jon-Yong "Fury" Lee from Samsung Galaxy, Team Dragon Knights owner Chris Shim, player Geon-woo "Ninja" Noh and Fury have all been handed bans, and the organization has been fined $10,000 USD.

According to Riot Games' official ruling, TDK player Geon-woo "Ninja" Noh approached Fury to ask about his contract details and if he was interested in joining a North American team. The two players then met to discuss an offer from Shim to join TDK.

Ninja later invited Fury to TDK's boot camp gaming house in South Korea, where Shim spoke to Fury and he agreed to join TDK when his contract with Samsung Galaxy expired. Ninja was unaware that Shim still wanted to negotiate with Fury, according to the competitive ruling.

Riot stated that Fury signed a contract on Nov. 5 with TDK, while his contract with Samsung Galaxy was set to expire on Nov. 30.

In addition to Shim being banned from owning a team in any Riot-affiliated competition until Jan. 1 2017, TDK must sell his portion of the team's ownership.

As Ninja told Riot he was not coerced and was aware that Fury's contract was not yet expired, he is suspended from Riot-affiliated tournaments until Mar. 11 2016. Fury is banned until Feb. 11 2016.

Team Dragon Knights came in last place in the 2015 NA LCS Summer Split, and were automatically relegated. They then rebranded as Team Arena Online as part of a new sponsorship deal. Riot recently asked the organization to change their name back to Team Dragon Knights until Arena Online makes good on their promise to build a $1 million USD tournament circuit.

Daniel Rosen is a news editor for theScore eSports. You can follow him on Twitter.

Nic Doucet is a news editor for theScore eSports. You can follow him on Twitter.