Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok recently revealed he had donated 30 million Korean won or around $25,200 to the Community Chest of Korea nonprofit organization to combat COVID-19 coronavirus. As the disease continues to spread through his home country, Faker and the T1 organization felt they had to support the affected. Faker announced his donation to the nonprofit after the LCK went on indefinite hiatus to ensure the safety of the players and staff working at the venue.
Donations to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Faker "이상혁" 선수가 코로나 19 확산 예방을 위해 기부 행렬에 동참했습니다.
모두 함께 힘을 모아 어려운 시기를 이겨내자는 페이커 선수의 뜻을 함께하기 위해 T1은 금주 진행되는 소속 선수들의 모든 스트리밍 도네이션을 기부하기로 결정하였습니다. 팬분들의 따뜻한 응원 부탁드립니다. https://t.co/DCqtRFAUQz
— T1 LoL (@T1LoL) March 9, 2020
Faker’s contribution is the largest donation out of the scene so far. However, Faker is not the only Korean League of Legends pro to donate to the Community Chest of Korea. In the past week, Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon, the mid laner for DragonX, and DragonX General Manager Choi Sang-in have donated 10 million won, or about $8,400 each. These donations follow the lead of Gen.G mid-laner Gwak “Bdd” Bo-Seong, who gave 5 million Korean won, or about $4,200, on Feb. 27.
The teams are joining in to help
DRX have donated to help fight against COVID-19.
Chovy and Choi, Sang In, the General Manager of DRX, have donated 10 miilion KRW each, total 20 million KRW, to Community Chest of Korea.
— DragonX (@DRXGlobal) March 3, 2020
In addition to the players sending their help, several organizations are also joining in. For example, Faker’s team, T1, is donating all revenue from this week’s streams to the Community Chest of Korea. Meanwhile, the DragonX organization is giving the revenue from their merch sales, on request of the staff, players, and fans, to fight the spread of the disease.
Back in February, Overwatch team Seoul Dynasty, owned by Gen.G, committed to donating all revenue from their merch sales and in-game skins and earnings from their home games for March to support the cause further. Other parts of the Gen.G team have not committed to donating more at this time. However, it is expected for the organization to provide more support in the coming weeks by the fans’ request.
Seoul Dynasty and Gen.G are aware of the global severity of the CoronaVirus. In times like this, we'd like to come together and contribute to a healthy esports culture by lending a helping hand.#TigerNation #coronavirus #COVID19 #코로나19
— Seoul Dynasty 🐯 (@SeoulDynasty) February 19, 2020
Faker spreads the word
— T1 Faker (@faker) March 9, 2020
Faker put out a statement of support to everyone working to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The announcement by Faker is an attempt to garner more support for the people in need this week. On his streams, Faker has urged his fans to donate to organizations involved with the virus.
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