Dara will be returning home to South Korea following his retirement. He says the incident that pushed him was “truly frightening”.
South Korean professional League Of Legends player, Jeon “Dara” Jeong-hoon yesterday announced that he will be retiring from professional gaming. Dara, who currently resides in Japan, said that he will be returning to his home country, South Korea.
He said in a series of tweets (as translated by Kotaku), that his time at Rampage (now Pentagram) had traumatized him, and that he is “frightened” whenever he thinks of the team. He also revealed that due to all the stress, he is now on psychosomatic medication. “I can’t play in throw up,” he wrote. “My spirit is broken. I am returning to South Korea.”
As stated on Reddit, when Dara and fellow Korean teammate Tussel joined Pentagram, their residence cards were taken away from them. All foreign residents in Japan should always carry their Residence cards, as per Article 23 of their Immigration Control Act and must be shown to the authorities when requested. Failure to do so can result in a fine or imprisonment of up to 1 year.
According to Inven, Dara said that Pentagram management had threatened them and forcibly taken away their residence cards. In their defense, Pentagram said that they were just holding on to them and the threats were “miscommunication”. However according to Inven, Dara made a post on his SNS saying, “”He didn’t “temporarily” hold onto our cards. I heard him say, If you don’t leave your card here, you can’t leave the team.‘” He also heard Fujita say, “this residence card is the property of the team”. Inven further adds that Tussel retweeted what Dara wrote.
Dara mentioned the incident in his tweets. According to the thread on Reddit and Kotaku’s translation, “he does not want to keep playing in a league where assailants can get away with such a negligible penalty.”