There is an ongoing controversy regarding MBC’s (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, one of major broadcasters in Korea) editing of the head investigator’s interview regarding the suicide attempt of AHQ Korea’s professional gamer ‘Pimir’ Minki Chun.
MBC News Today reported on the 14th that Minki Chun exposed the rigging of <League of Legends> games and attempted suicide afterwards. This news report contained an excerpt from the interview of the head investigator that stated “Played a lot of games over many sleepless nights, and attempted suicide at a moment’s decision.”
Netizens rose up and expressed their discontent saying that the interview of the investigator was misleading to the viewers of the particular news. The “played a lot of games over many sleepless nights” phrase in the interview may mislead viewers to think that gaming addiction was the cause of the suicide attempt.
As it is already known to the public, Minki Chun’s suicide attempt was directly related to the rigging of the games. However, MBC began the specific news segment focusing on the existence of ‘gambling’ within eSports, and eventually edited the interview to bring out the subject of ‘gaming addiction.” By doing this, they have led the viewers to believe that a gaming addicted previous professional gamer got caught in a web of gambles and ultimately attempted to take his own life.
Furthermore, MBC pessimistically reported the news, even stating that the <League of Legends> tournaments may be shut down. However, the current issue solely deals with the previous coach Dae-Chul Roh’s fraud schemes, and has no direct relations with gaming addictions.
Minki Chun revealed the rigging of the <League of Legends> games and attempted suicide. After revealing that his sponsor team ahq Korea’s coach, Dae-Chul Roh, had formed his team in the beginning with the sole purpose of fraud, he posted the words “I am leaving after posting these words.”
When the news aired, the netizens rose up against MBC. The netizens wished for MBC to convey the correct message, saying that “they are destroying the honor of a victim of fraud, titling him with titles such as gaming addict and gambler. We can’t help but suspect MBC of deliberate editing of the interview.”
On the other hand, Minki Chun is currently hospitalized and have recently regained consciousness. Riot Games has expressed their concerns for the player, and have promised various forms of support for the suffering player. Korean eSports Committee plans to pursue this case of fraud and to take lawful procedures.