Pro player Hai “Hai” Du Lam will be paying a €500 (roughly $550) fine for a brief middle finger tossed during the League of Legends World Championships.
In a post-game interview on the last day of group stage, European player Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten was asked to predict the winner of the upcoming C9 vs. ahq eSports Club match. “I think ahq is going to win because C9’s playstyle is really predictable and they’re drafting in a similar way every game,” Febiven responded, “so I think they are definitely counterable and ahq is the better team.”
Hai, a long-time C9 player who was on stage setting up, seemed to disagree. In the video below, you can see him toss up his hand in the upper left of the screen. (He’s that blurry guy in the white jacket.)
The brief bird was quickly investigated by Riot Games, who cited the “Disruptive Behavior / Insults” section of the Worlds rulebook in their ruling: “A Team Member may not take any action or perform any gesture directed at an opposing Team Member, or incite any other individual(s) to do the same, which is insulting, mocking, disruptive, or antagonistic.”
Hai sent out an apology from twitter, though most of his fellow esports colleagues have been taking the misstep humorously.
The League of Legends World Championship hasn’t been an easy road for American teams this year, with all three US hopefuls dropping from the group stage, including C9. The Semifinals begin tomorrow, October 24, with Origen facing off against Season 3 World Champions SK Telecom T1. Catch up on all the action at the official LoL Esports page.