In the world of pro-gaming, things can get pretty damn heated and competitive among the duelling competitors. Star C9 player for the American team Hai “Hai” Du Lam was recently fined $556 for flipping the bird at European pro player Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten on the last day of the 2015 League of Legends World Championship.
Febiven made a comment about who he thought would win in the next game, and in the process made a negative comment on c9’s playing style. It’s at this moment, in a blink-or-you’ll-miss-it display of brazen turbo-charged emotion, a middle finger is raised by Hai.
He’s clearly ticked-off, and a sneaky bird was the obvious way to express it. In a sporting code where doping and match-fixing are (I think) non-existent, this has all been a pretty huge scandal.
An official investigation was launched into the misdemeanour, with the ruling declaring that Hai had made an “obscene gesture towards an opponent while on stage during the final day of Group Stages for the 2015 World Championship”, which violated section 9.1.3 of the World Championship ruleset, “Disruptive Behavior / Insults.”
You can check out the footage of Hai flipping the bird in the gallery above: the money shot is at the 8-second mark.