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President of South Korea Yoon Suk Yeol: "T1 have won Worlds and once again made South Korea renowned as the front-running country in esports"

The President of South Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol, officially addressed T1 and Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok's historic victory at the League of Legends World Championship 2023. He congratulated and thanked them for their impact on the esports scene. Yoon also promised future "adamant support" for the video game industry. Journalist Ashley Kang translated the statement on Twitter.

Dear T1 players,

I wholeheartedly congratulate your first World Championship in seven years, your fourth World Championship.

In Hangzhou Asian Games, for which esports was elected as an official sport for the first time, South Korea won four medals. In continuation of this success, [T1] has won Worlds and once again made South Korea renowned as the front-running country in esports.

Lee Sang-hyeok, Choi Woo-je, Moon Hyeon-joon, Lee Min-hyeong, Ryu Min-seok. The scenes of the five players united as a team brought great joy and moved the South Korean citizens as well as people across the globe.

The South Korean government will offer adamant support so the South Korean video game industry can be globally competitive and be a frontrunner in the industry internationally.

Once again, I congratulate T1 players for this championship.

Yoon Suk Yeol, President of South Korea
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T1, as an organization, won the Worlds trophy for the fourth time, as well as its iconic player, Faker. The midlaner won three events between 2013 and 2016 but then struggled to continue his run. He reached the grand finals twice before finally getting the title on the third try.

South Korea is a home country for esports, taking it very seriously from the early days. Local fans gathered in crowdy arenas at StarCraft 2 tournaments, while the rest of the world didn't see video games competitions that exciting. In the early 2010s, the fans' focus in Korea switched to League of Legends as the prime discipline. The grand final of Worlds 2023 set an absolute record in peak online viewership.

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