League of Legends player Tarzan is set to compete in the LPL in 2021 and he’ll stop streaming to focus on training for next year, he announced today, according to a translation by Korizon’s Ashley Kang. While streaming, though, he received a good amount of money from fans and has reportedly decided to donate what he’s made to charity.
Tarzan streamed for a few months while he was on his break from professional play this year and made five million KRW, which converts to around $4,353. He’s donated all of that to the Green Umbrella Children’s Foundation, according to Kang.
The Green Umbrella Children’s Foundation focuses on child welfare in the local community. The organization is well known in Korea and has received donations from several Korean celebrities, like members of K-pop group BTS and singer UI.
Tarzan mostly streamed on Douyu, but his streams on Twitch had an average of around 1,700 viewers and he streamed almost every day since Sept. 29, according to TwitchTracker. Fans could see him playing League for around four hours straight.
Tarzan isn’t signed with a professional organization, however. The jungler used to play for Griffin but left the team in May with Wadid after competing in the 2020 LCK Summer Split promotion tournament.
Griffin lost to Seorabeol Gaming and didn’t make it to the qualifying round, losing their spot in the LCK. Tarzan stayed on Griffin for three years in total and made a name for himself as one of the best junglers in Korea.
After a disappointing Spring Split in which Griffin finished dead last, they were sent to the last LCK promotion tournament to compete for a spot in the Summer Split. But they lost in the final round to Sandbox Gaming and were subsequently relegated from the LCK, going from Worlds quarterfinalists to relegated in the course of just one split.
Following their relegation, Griffin announced that it was in the process of terminating the contracts of each of its players and staff. Since then, the organization has been slowly releasing players from their contracts and helping them move on to greener pastures. Just this week, Hanwha Life Esports signed former Griffin bot laner Viper.
Tarzan and Wadid were two of the bigger names on the roster. Tarzan has been with Griffin for multiple seasons, leading the team on its impressive Worlds run in 2019. He hasn’t had it easy over the course of his career, though. He suffered from abuse and mistreatment at the hands of his former coach and recently struggled to impress in the relegation match in which Griffin was ousted from the LCK.
Tarzan may join LNG Esports for the 2021 LPL Spring Split, according to Fomos reporter Kenzi.