Article originally published on Mineski.net.
The Korean esports Association’s offices were raided by South Korean law enforcement and prosecutors earlier this week after allegations of bribery and embezzlement, according to reports.
KeSPA is currently under investigation regarding funds received from Lotte Homeshopping, a South Korean retail giant. South Korean newspapers, Korean Joongang Daily and The Kankyoreh reported that the deals in question were received by a former KeSPA president in 2015.
KeSPA is a South Korean body built to manage esports in the entirety of South Korea. The group was founded in 2000 after the approval of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.
KeSPA currently stands as the managing body for over 25 esports in South Korea. They have also managed esports broadcasting, and the development of new events.
One of KeSPA’s notable events is the KeSPA Cup. The KeSPA Cup first started in 2005 for professional StarCraft teams. The Cup eventually expanded into other games such as Special Force, WarCraft 3, Counter Strike, and League of Legends.
The Lotte Connection
KeSPA’s connection to LOTTE Homeshopping goes back to 2015 from a local StarCraft 2 tournament organized by KeSPA where LOTTE was brand sponsor.
LOTTE Homeshopping allegedly donated KRW 300,000,000 or somewhere close to USD 270,000. Prosecutors handling the case are also investigating other benefits received by the former KeSPA president’s aides.
The future of South Korean esports is now uncertain with the raid on the KeSPA offices. This news follows the success of South Korean esports teams in two world championships for League of Legends and Overwatch respectively.