There have been several attempts to trespass, or without prior knowledge, enter Gen.G Esports' Seoul headquarters recently, the esports organization's official Korean Twitter account announced Friday.
In the statement, translated in English by Korizon's Kevin Kim, Gen.G reported that people armed with weapons have tried to enter their headquarters or wait near their players' commonly used routes.
"Rest assured," Gen.G Co-President and COO Arnold Hur said, "the safety of our players always comes first, and we have contacted the authorities, increased security, and have let our neighbors know to take precautions."
According to Kim, Gen.G also asked that people refrain from impersonating staff or use their anonymity to threaten others' personal safety, and that the org will have measures taken against those who do so.
Gen.G’s senior director of marketing, Marino Lee, took to Twitter to add some more context behind the statement.
It is with heavy hearts that we had to also inform this to the fans that have given us genuine love and support. Please understand this is to protect everyone in the organization.- Marino Lee, (translated by Kevin Kim)
With COVID-19 health and safety protocols in mind, as well as to prevent potential incidents similar to the ones described, Lee reiterated that fans looking to send gifts to Gen.G or visit its headquarters should let the organization know in advance so that they have time to consider and plan ahead, according to Kim's translation.
While it remains to be seen what the motives for these incidents were, or who they were directed towards, it's great to hear that the players haven't been in harms way during the situation and that the Gen.G staff and security involved are safe.