According to T1 CEO Joe Marsh, League of Legends superstar Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok allegedly turned down a $20 million-a-year deal with an LPL team to stay with the organization.
Faker is arguably the greatest League of Legends player of all time, with virtually no other player coming close to his achievements. Most notably, the 25-year-old has won the prestigious World Championship three times during his career.
Additionally, “The Unkillable Demon King” now has 10 LCK titles under his belt after an impressive record-breaking 20-0 2022 Spring Split with T1.
Things could have turned out differently for Faker, however, as Joe Marsh revealed on a recent podcast that the League of Legends star was offered a $20 million contract to join a team in the rival LPL league, but he turned it down.
During Doublelift trash talk podcast on April 6th, the CEO of T1 spoke about the importance of building a relationship with Faker and his family. Eventually, the conversation shifted to the 2021 offseason, where Faker became a free agent before re-signing with T1.
According to Joe, the League star turned down a fancy offer of $20 million a year from Chinese organizations. “He doesn’t need money. He’s got money, he’s super successful, and he’s invested really heavily in Korea,” Marsh explained. “He literally owns a building called the Faker Tower, and it’s worth a lot of money.
“He’s done really well financially. It’s about where he thinks he can compete and win the most.” Joe added that even this past off-season he’s had odd offers from other organizations: “He’s always getting offers, even this off-season I’ve had to catch up Korea fly after free agency started because he was a free agent and every time free agent the offer comes in from china. It’s $20 million a year.”
After such a dominant LCK spring split, Faker’s decision to stay at T1 was clearly the right one. Now, the 25-year-old will travel to Busan, Korea for the Mid-Season Invitational to try to bring home his third MSI title.
2023 will mark Fakers 10th year under the T1 banner and it’s unclear how many more years we’ll see of him.
https://www.dexerto.com/esports/faker-turned-down-20m-per-year-lpl-contract-to-stay-with-t1-1800005/ Faker turned down a $20 million-a-year LPL contract to remain at T1