Joe Marsh Reveals Faker Was Offered $20 Million a Year to Play in LPL

Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok at the 2022 LCK Spring Finals.
Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok at the 2022 LCK Spring Finals. / Photo courtesy of Riot Games

In his 10th season with T1, part-owner and League of Legends mid laner Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok has continued to find no shortage of good fortune both on and off the Rift.

En route to finishing 18-0 with T1 in the League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) Spring split, posting perhaps the undisputed best season in league history and all of LoL esports, Faker also recorded his 2,500 career kill, 1,000th game and 70th champion played. T1 and the Unkillable Demon King then followed that up by securing his record-breaking 10th LCK title on April 2.

Thanks to T1 CEO Joe Marsh joining Yiliang "Peter" "Doublelift" Peng and Nick "LS" De Cesare on the Trash Talk podcast on Wednesday, however, it appears there are plenty of more accomplishments that Faker has had away from the game that fans can be mindblown about as well.

"He doesn’t need money," Marsh said during the stream, "like, he has money, he’s super successful. He’s made really strong investments in Korea. I mean there’s literally a building he owns called Faker Tower. His company's on the top floor and he sub-leases it out and it's worth a lot of money.

"He's done great financially. It's about where he thinks he can compete the most and win. He always gets offers. Even this offseason, I had to fly to Korea after free agency started because he was a free agent and every time he's a free agent, the offer from China comes in and it's $20 million dollars a year to come. Of course, anyone's going to look at that. That's a big number."

Next up, Faker and T1 will be competing at MSI 2022, which is expected to take place at BEXCO in Busan, South Korea from May 10 to May 29.