Esports is the new kid on the block in the global sports scene, and amongst the many Esports professional teams that are out there, T1 is that one team that everyone has heard of, whether they are fans of Esports or not...
Lee Sang-ho, or Effort, has been with T1 for nearly four years, making the 19-year-old one of the most established players on the team. Lee plays "support," a catch-all role that has to be able to turn their virtual hand to any in-game situation.
As a "jungler," T1 member Mun U-chan, better known by his nickname Cuzz, spends a lot of his time flying solo.
It's easy to imagine that an Esports career is a simple thing. You get really good at a game, sign with a team and sit back and watch the millions roll in. In reality, Esports, like any other sport, isn't that simple. Canna knows that only too well.
Among the five members of the T1 team, Park Jin-seong, better known by his handle Teddy, is one of the most famous faces. Park is famous for setting the record for the highest "creep score" and for sleeping with a teddy bear at night.
You may not have played League of Legends (LoL) or even understand what Esports is, but there's a good chance you recognize the name Faker. At just 24-years-old, Faker has become the face of pro gaming.
In baseball there's the New York Yankees, in football there's Manchester United, in basketball there's the Los Angeles Lakers and in Esports there's T1. As pro gaming enters the mainstream, it's time to get to know the team that defines the sport.
Food companies are using Esports to market their products — acquiring teams and pouring money into massive sponsorships — in a bid to grab the attention of young consumers.
It may have only been a year since John Kim joined T1, but the Esports team's chief operating officer (COO) is already thinking global.
Whatever the critics might say, Esports isn't just teenagers gaming in their parent's basement, its a serious sport with professional teams and comprehensive front office staff. At T1, that behind-the-scenes control falls on CEO Joe Marsh.