Introduction And History
KT Rolster is a well-known eSports team that is both from and is based in South Korea. As opposed to regular eSports teams, KT Rolster in particular had no small and modest beginnings. The Korean Telekom is responsible for their main funding and pushed them head on to a very good start. Having such a corporation behind its back, KT Rolster meant business and immediately started to show and deliver extremely good results.
This e-sports team is most famous for their roles in famous MMO titles such as League of Legends and Starcraft. However, their main line of gaming and participation in tournaments is for League of Legends.
They have started out in the late 90s, 1999 to be specific and their name back then was actually not KT Rolster. Due to unforeseen circumstances such as the structural progression and changing of their sponsors they had to change the teams name for a few times. Their first name was actually KTF n016 Progame Team, because the first sponsor also had a different name – Korean Telecom Freetel and has later on merged with Korean Telecom in 2011 (keeping only the KT name), and thus the „KT Rolster“ name was finally in place and is used since then.
Ownership And Legal Details
Little is known who in fact are the real owners and founders of this eSports team, as Korean Telecom being a PU (public utility), it is hard to pin point the exact “woman in charge” . However they did help in the creating of the team by being the main sponsor.
By doing so South Korea has most probably knowingly secured their place in the international gaming industry, making itself one of the strongest League of Legends e-sports team in the world. Being a host of famous international gaming tournaments and expos/cons itself – South Korea could not of gone through without having itself an absolute wonder of a team.
This goes to say that gaming is a crucial part of modern South Korean culture and it has definitely secured itself a role in the ever expanding virtual world of video games, especially MMO titles such as League of Legends.
The integration of video games, specifically MMOs – in the very society one lives in is actually represented by the join efforts of both KT Rolster and Korean Telekom and serves as proof that gaming can eventually be integrated as a part of society and everyday lives. It is also a very financially lucrative idea in the long run for KT, which was later on proven to be the case.
Individual Members’ Net Worth
The net worth of this e-sports team is not known in its entirety, but some scarce information of individual roster members are known. It is one hundred percent known that KT Rolster has one of the most paid Leauge of Legend gamers the world has ever seen. Most probably because KT Rolster might act as a branch of Korean Telecom and not as an individual organization.
Nonetheless, the single and individual member net worth numbers can give us a clear insight along with facts on how this team is going on the financial side of things.
The member Senhyoung Cho, most famously known by the nick name „Mata“ has an estimated net worth of $ 371,621.02.
The member who even tops Mata is the „Pawn“, who also goes by his real name Wonseok Heo, with a staggering estimated net worth of $ 394,293.08
Based on these net worth financial statement totals – it is concluded that Mata and Pawn from the KT Rolster are among the top eight most paid League of Legends players in the entire world.
Notable Achievements By KT Rolster
It may not come as a surprise, but KT Rolster has literally won every League of Legend tournament available in Korea. They represent the best team ever made and operated in Korea, and one of the best, if not the best and most hyped League of Legends team on the planet.
On an international level, some of the tournaments definitely worth mentioning and in which they have achieved a perfect score are the HOT6Ix Champions Summer of 2014 event in which they have won the first place and earned the title “champions” and also the Asian Indoor-Martial Arts Games of 2013 in which they were Gold Medalists.
Another one that is worth a mention is the Intel Extreme Masters (Season VIII) World Championship in which they have earned the title “Champions”.
Current KT Rolster Squad
The current roster of KT Rolster consists of five male members that deliver the utmost perfection and delicacy in MMO gaming, most notably the League of Legends franchise.
The current roster consists of the members Kyungho Song (Smeb) on the position of “top”, Dong-bin Ko (Score) on the position of “jungle” , Wonseok Heo (Pawn) on the position of “mid”, Hyeokgyu Kim (Deft) on the position of „ADC“ and Senhyoung Cho (Mata) on the position of “support”.
As mentioned above, two members of this team are one of the highest paid professional League of Legend players in history.
It is also said that “every KT-rolster member is a gaming veteran and that every single member can make due in any kind of team roster”.
Another interesting thing to mention about the KT Rolster’s roster is their ability to coordinate and fix problems in between gaming sessions, which represents a crucial part of team work. KTs roster represents the very definition of team work and a vast amount of coordination knowledge integrated into practice.
It could be a part of the previous culture integrating in with the gaming culture as well. Most Koreans are very functional and serious in the work place. This can be seen in its gaming counterparts as well.
A very functional, fast thinking and progressive roster is the roster of KT Rolster. A lot of care, money, love and effort was invested in it, and now it is finally showing.
Good and Bad Times
As far as research goes, no hardship has befell upon KT Rolster. From its inception to present days it represents a literal game changer in eSports teams alike and in the gaming industry in general.
It has also introduced a whole new concept on how e-sports teams are viewed upon, as they are one of the first to receive direct “government” funding. Korean Telecom being a publicly/government owned corporation, it can definitely be said that KT Rolster has found its way into the first ever recorded integration of an e-sports team into the modern culture of a society, which is, in fact, a beautiful thing.