Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels announced Friday he would step down “for the foreseeable future” from League of Legends casting, two weeks removed from a nude photo leak scandal the took place during the Mid-Season Invitational.
Krepo posted on Twitter on Friday morning that he was stepping down to live life out of the spotlight and take a break from the rigors that come from being in the public eye.
“Being in a position of fame and constant scrutiny isn’t easy to deal with, and it has been quite the learning process for me,” he wrote. “I think it’s best for me to take a step back and reflect on that period of time, what I’ve learned and what makes me happy.”
Krepo wrote he might return to casting, he might work in the back end of esports in some capacity that’s out of the spotlight, but he isn’t sure at this time.
The post comes one day after Krepo, a popular caster for the European League of Legends Championship Series, did not appear on the broadcast for the first day of the EU LCS summer split. There was no mention of him on stream, and Riot Games offered no update on Krepo’s status other than saying he “has taken some time off.”
Friday’s Twitter post was the first public comment from Krepo since May 20, when he announced he would step down from MSI after nude photos of him were leaked on the internet without his consent. The leak included sexually explicit messages from Krepo and nude images of the 27-year-old commentator. The source of the leak is unclear, but one Twitter user told Krepo a day before the images surfaced to message him or “docs would be linked.”
There were also questions — none of which have been answered — about the age of the recipient of the photos, as Richard Lewis reported a discussion from the site 4chan resulted in multiple sources claiming the recipient, a girl, had recently turned 16, a claim that was repeated on Twitter by multiple users who claimed to know the recipient.
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