Chinese League of Legends star sacked by Newbee after threatening to kill girlfriend during row on gaming live-stream

Li Weijun fired by team and banned from competition after police called to home

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 November, 2017, 5:07pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 November, 2017, 10:04pm

A Chinese e-sports player has been banned from official competition and expelled by his club after police were called to his house when he threatened to kill his girlfriend during an explosive row that was captured during a gaming live-stream.

Police were called to Li Weijun’s home in Shanghai on October 26 amid fears that he was going to assault his girlfriend but did not detain the gamer, the live streaming platform, Zhanqi announced.

The company stopped his account and deleted the video, saying it“violated core socialist values”.

Li apologised through Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, on Saturday.

“I know I was wrong and my behaviour had a bad influence on my public image and the reputation of my club,” the post read.

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His girlfriend said later that Li had not beaten her and had only smashed objects in the room.

Li lost his temper after losing a game and the live-stream video shows that he started shouting and cursing.

When his girlfriend asked him to stop, he became angry at her and started to yell and threatened to kill her.

A friend of hers said in a post on Weibo that she had asked her to call police after Li overturned a table.

The couple broke up after the event.

Four hours after the incident, Newbee, Li’s employer and one of the top e-sports clubs in China, said they would terminate Li’s contract immediately.

The club also said Li had misbehaved before, without giving further details, adding that Newbee had hired him because he had promised to change his ways.

The day after the incident, League of Legends, the popular battle video game Li plays professionally, banned him from the world championship finals, which start in Beijing on Saturday.

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The girlfriend, who identified herself only by her online handle “Yu_CX”, subsequently produced her own video to show fans she had not been injured.

She described what had happened as a “personal problem” and said she had not realised the club and the championship would expel Li.

She also said she did not want him to make a public apology to her, but hoped he would do so in private.

Live-streaming is popular among game players in China as it can increase their popularity and help them to earn extra money in the form of rewards from the thousands of fans who tune in to watch.

The club was contacted for comment, but said it did not have anything further to say about Li’s behaviour.