League of Legends world champion sentenced to prison
Nov 27, 2022
A League of Legends world champion has been sentenced to prison for drug trafficking, after being arrested in 2021.
Kurtis Lau “Toyz” Wai-kin was a member of the Season 2 League of Legends world champion team, Taipei Assassins. The player had coached Fnatic and spent a long time with Hong Kong esports after exiting the scene as a player. But that’s not what is most recently known for.
In 2021, Toyz was arrested by Taiwanese authorities for allegedly selling marijuana, which is highly illegal in Taiwan, and classified as a Class 2 drug.
League of Legends world champion sentenced for selling drugs
In 2021, the Taichung District Prosecutor’s Office announced that it had searched the 29-year-old’s home and found evidence of him both possessing and distributing marijuana. Toyz was brought by the Taichung District Prosecutor’s Office for questioning, and allegedly tested positive for marijuana.
Since then, the ensuing legal struggle has been underway and was eventually settled earlier this week.
On June 16 2022, Toyz pled guilty to drug trafficking in Taiwanese court. He apologized for his actions and urged his peers to stay away from drugs.
Toyz and several associates had begun selling Tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as THC, products online, and Taiwanese law enforcement posed as potential buyers, arresting Toyz and his associates. Toyz has been sentenced to four years in prison for selling THC products and marijuana. Toyz’s lawyers focused on Toyz being unfamiliar with Taiwanese law, and pinned the selling on a misunderstanding due to Toyz coming from Hong Kong and had a lack of higher education. Essentially, Toyz pled ignorance to the Taiwanese law, but that wasn’t enough to get him off the hook.
This is the most high-profile case of a once League of Legends world champion falling on the wrong side of the law, and will hopefully be the last example of such.