If you’re a regular Twitch League of Legends viewer, then prepare for your experience on the live-streaming platform to be enhanced significantly. Following the conclusion of the SK Telecom T1’s streaming contract with Azubu, the World Champions immediately made the switch over to the popular western platform. Within moments of launching their Twitch channels, SKT’s roster had already treated their new-found audience to a host of highlight reel clips.
Initially SKT’s move to Twitch is considered to be a trial run, with the streaming platform understandably excited to host the reigning South Korean World Champions. The attraction of SKT is already drawing in large numbers as the only team to have won the World Championship three times. The draw of the Worlds greatest player, mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-heyok has brought eSports fans flooding the site like moths to a flame.
SKT are trying Twitch out as of today; I hope they enjoy it enough to stay!
— Susie Kim (@lilsusie) 31 January 2017
Previously, SK Telecom T1 had been locked into a contract with the Asian media company Azubu, who had formed a partnership with KeSPA. Fourteen KeSPA teams (including SKT) were obligated to stream exclusively on Azubu on a fixed schedule. While the precise details remain murky, problems with mis0management and unsettled payments were widely reported and have since compelled several teams to abandon the platform, much to the delight of League of Legends’ western audience.
AD Carry Bae “Bang” Jun-sik became the first member of the SKT roster to launch his Twitch channel, shortly followed by SKT Jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-ho and Top Laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon. Support Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan and substitute player Kang “Blank” Sun-gu, have also followed suit. Naturally, Faker’s stream has blown the competition out of the water.
The 2016 World Championship MVP is yet to crash the Twitch servers, anticipated to be one of the most popular streamers, rivaling the popularity of Michael “Imaqtpie” Santana as the platforms most viewed channel.
The channels for the SK Telecom T1 roster are as follows:
Before topping the charts with his own channel, Faker initially featured frequently on the streams of his fellow teammates:
Faker’s Cassiopeia is notoriously lethal, as demonstrated by this hilarious exchange between SKT’s mid laner, AD Carry and former Jungler, Im “Tom” Jae-hyeon. Translation:
Bang : I just came back to lane, oh shit, oh my god…
T0M : Hey, bro…
T0M : Why am I doing this tanking?
BANG : Oh what the fuck is this! Wow.. Wow! Shit!
T0M : Wtf are you doing? Bae Jun-sik?
The hilarity continued as Bang, desperate to redeem himself against Faker, embarrasses himself trying to secure a kill. Hearing Faker’s laughter in the background is a joy:
Bang : I think I’m gonna get murdered.
T0M : I’m going to gank, double buff is on!
Bang : Nice. I did my best. Get him!
T0M : The enemy is too fast… fucking bastard!
Bang : I got him! (flashes forward)
T0M : You’ve got? What have you got? Wow really… fucking bastard. I can’t understand.
Having now launched his own channel, Faker is frequently featured as Twitch’s most watched channel. Judging from the clips above, it’s easy to see why.