Lee Sang-hyeok (most commonly known as “Faker”) has been one of the very first to help combat the South Korea’s COVID-19 problems that arose after the cult spread of the virus. During his League of Legends stream he announced that he will be donating 30 million Korean Won (~25,000 USD) to the charities in South Korea that help low-income families fight the coronavirus outbreak.
For those that don’t know, Faker is one of the most popular League of Legends pro players. Once he retires from the pro scene he will also become the head coach of the South Korean Telecom “T1” team. Arguably the best LoL player in the world, Faker’s pro career started in 2013. when he was first hired by SKT. Amid the coronavirus concerns, LCK (LoL Champions Korea) pro tournament has been shut down and there’s no announcement when it might return as the coronavirus threat has just began.
“I really wanted to aid those battling the outbreak and felt that donating to the Community Chest of Korea was the optimal choice. I hope that everyone bands together to overcome this terrible situation, and hope to see real support being given to those necessary.” — Faker said.
Additionally, T1 Pro team CEO Joe Marsh noted that all streaming proceeds from the T1 League of Legends team last week will be donated to the Community Chest of Korea which is helping people that are economically affected by the coronavirus quarantines.
South Korea is currently the fourth country with the highest COVID-19 infections as it rigorously tests every day in an effort to slow down the virus from spreading. Overall, there’s 156 thousand people infected worldwide, with 8086 of those in South Korea. Despite the high death count in other countries, South Korea has managed to minimize the death count, with it only being 72 out of 8086 cases. For reference, Italy has 21,157 cases with 1,441 deaths.