Report: Life's match fixing appeal dismissed

by theScore Staff Jul 14 2016
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Lee "Life" Seung Hyun's appeal to reduce his sentence for match fixing has reportedly been dismissed by the Changwon District Court, according to a Yonhap News report translated by Team Liquid's Kwanghee "Waxangel" Woo.

RELATED: Report: Life took ₩70 million to fix KeSPA Cup matches

The court reportedly upheld Life's original sentence of 18 months imprisonment suspended by three years as well as a ₩70 million fine. It was also reported that Life has also been permanently banned from professional Starcraft 2 by KeSPA.

Life was originally arrested in January due to alleged ties to match fixing, which prosecutors later indicted him and ten others for in April. According to the prosecutor's report at the time, Life received 70 million KRW to intentionally throw two separate KeSPA Cup matches in May 2015.

Life was considered one of the top Zerg players in the world prior to his arrest, having won the 2014 WCS Global Finals and placing second in 2015. He also won the 2015 GSL Season 1, IEM Season IX - Taipei and 2012 GSL Season 4.

Appeals by fellow pro player Choi "BBoongBBoong" Jogn-Hyuk were also reportedly dismissed by the court.

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.