A piece concerning Andy ‘Reginald’ Dinh, the founder and CEO of TSM, and Peter ‘Doublelift’ Peng’s relationship with TSM was included in the February 3 LCS show. The way their organization was represented “shocked and devastated” TSM employees.
The LCS broadcast on February 3 (Week 2, Day 2) didn’t get off to a fantastic start. The day could have been a better start, with technological difficulties causing an hour-long delay and participants forced to compete remotely.
There was more stuff than usual from casters and commentators to pass the time between games. Due to the new approach the LCS has adopted with content generation, professional players are a significant part of the broadcasts. However, those arrangements most certainly had to modify because professionals played remotely. While some of the content was well-liked by the public, one section has received a significant reaction.
A segment concerning Doublelift’s relationship with TSM and its founder/CEO, Andy Dinh, has caused controversy in the community and inside TSM itself in the run-up to TSM’s match versus 100 Thieves. The tale that was broadcast on television upset the organization’s workers.
TSM criticizes a section of the LCS broadcast for being “unprofessional.”
TSM, however, was the focus of numerous investigations that were carried out in 2021 and 2022. One was aimed at Peter Zhang, their LoL team’s head coach at the time, and the other focused on CEO Andy Dinh. After Doublelift publicly accused Dinh of abuse while he was a member of the organization, an investigation was launched.
The television segment highlighted their disagreements, bringing back into the public view their Twitter exchanges of legal filings and allegations. The “unprofessional” broadcast portion and how it portrayed the organization disappointed both LCS supporters and TSM staff.
There is a far more active thread on the official League of Legends subreddit. Even so, the post from the TSM subreddit above includes responses from TSM staff members and the broadcast portion.
A manager that manages several teams inside the company, TSM SmaK, remarked that they were “shocked and dismayed” by the broadcast’s content.
“We have a group of excellent players that give their all and only want to compete. They didn’t do anything to deserve to be treated with such disdain before one of their most crucial games. It’s a significant subject that ought to be handled elsewhere. Let the players engage in the contest.
TSM Dunc said a discussion with Riot Games about how this was handled in the Reddit thread was “well underway.” His tweet referencing the situation was sent along with that response.
The League of Legends community has agreed that this was a miss, even though the LCS broadcast’s new approach has, for the most part, been well-received by fans.