24th November 2022 – (Taipei) The online game “League of Legends” (LoL) world champion and Hong Kong e-sports player Kurtis Lau Wai-kin, better known as Toyz, was prosecuted in Taiwan last year for allegedly selling marijuana pods. He pleaded guilty during the trial. The defence lawyer claimed that his client is from Hong Kong and he was not familiar with Taiwanese law. He pleaded with the judge to give a lighter sentence. The Taichung District Court ruled today that Lau was convicted of 6 crimes and sentenced to 4 years and 2 months in prison. Lau was not present.
The case can still be appealed. According to the facts of the case, the police uncovered a drug case last year and found that 29-year-old Lau was suspected of selling marijuana pods on the Internet. In September of the same year, the police arrested Lau and seized more than 200 marijuana smoke bombs in various places. During the detention period, the Taichung District Court believed that Lau had handed over the drugs and pleaded guilty, and ruled that he should be released on bail at NT$1.5 million (approximately HK$385,000). Later, the Taichung District Prosecutor’s Office detected a second-level drug reaction in Lau’s hair, and after applying for observation and rehabilitation, Lau entered the Taichung Rehabilitation Centre and was released on 3rd January this year. After the conclusion of the investigation, the prosecution prosecuted Lau for 4 counts of second-degree drug trafficking and 2 counts of attempted drug trafficking, and also prosecuted the remaining 7 people involved in assisting Lau in drug trafficking in the drug crimes.
Kurtis Lau Wai-kin is a former professional League of Legends player, best known for winning the Season 2 World Championship as the mid laner for Taipei Assassins. Following his retirement in late 2015, he transitioned to several coaching and managerial roles for esports teams in Taiwan and Hong Kong. In 2019, the Hong Kong government awarded Lau with the Medal of Honour for his contributions to esports in Hong Kong.