Life arrested, questioned by Korean authorities: KeSPA

by Josh Bury Jan 29 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of Dennis Gonzales / theScore eSports

Lee "Life" Seung Hyun has been arrested and is currently at the Changwon District Prosecutors' Office, KeSPA confirmed in a statement Friday.

In response to the news of Life's arrest, KeSPA said they would ask tournament organizers and sponsors to prohibit him from participating in competitions until he is exonerated.

The statement did not confirm that Life's arrest had anything to do with match-fixing, but did address the possibility and explained that KeSPA would fully cooperate with the investigation if that was ultimately the case.

"We [KeSPA] have not withheld or hidden any information about the issues of illegal gambling/match fixing. Although the reason for Life’s arrest is unknown, in the instance that it has to do with illegal gambling/match fixing, it will have a huge negative effect on the eSports industry again and that is why we are following up with this issue," the statement said.

"In the instance that it is related to the previous case [illegal gambling/match fixing] and the Changwon District Prosecutors’ Office requests cooperation, we [KeSPA] will actively assist them. There will be a no tolerance policy towards illegal gambling/match fixing."

The press release also said that Life's recent trade from KT Rolster to Afreeca in exchange for Lee "Leenock" Dong Nyoung had nothing to do with the current investigation, that Life requested it, and that both parties were unaware of the investigation when the trade happened.

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