Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok has been an esport superstar since 2013 and a key member of the T1 League of Legends team. A new three-year contract with the squad adds "partial owners" to its title. As first reported by ESPN the 23-year-old will stay with the only pro team he has ever known, while the talented Mid Laner said he had received "blank check" deals from teams outside of South Korea ,
The three-year contract is the longest contract that is permitted under the rules of the league manufacturer Riot. According to T1
, "After his active career, Faker will take a leadership role within the organization and help facilitate global operations." CEO Joe Marsh said in the accompanying statement: "Since T1 was founded, Faker has been the cornerstone of our team's success and his immortal passion for this organization will continue to drive us as a partner of T1 Entertainment & Sports. Even after Faker's retirement – whenever that may be – he will begin the next chapter of his legacy in a leadership role at T1 and help shape the next generation of elite escorts. "