Zeros will also not be allowed to compete professionally in other Riot games, including the free-to-play hero shooter Valorant or collectible card game Legends of Runeterra.
This is one of the heaviest punishments Riot Games has given to a pro player.
Earlier this month, Zeros said on his stream: "I hope the pandemic would get worse so Vietnam could not attend the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) tournament."
The statement was made after his team SBTC eSports lost the chance to compete for the national championship since the team had placed outside the top four by the end of the group stage.
MSI is the second biggest LoL tournament of the year (after World Championship), with the participation of champions from all regions. The MSI 2021 will be held from May 6 to 22 in Iceland.
Shortly after VCS’s national ban, Zeros was also fired by his team SBTC eSports.
Zeros, 21, has played for many strong LoL teams in Vietnam and won three national championships. He also took part in MSI and World Championship before. During his career, Zeros has been fined by VCS many times for his inappropriate acts.
If Zeros wants to continue his career as a pro gamer, he would have no choice but to play for a team abroad that specializes in esports games other than Riot’s.
LoL is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game launched in 2009. Players control a 'champion' with special abilities and battle against a team of other players or AI-controlled champions in a pre-defined arena. The goal is to destroy the other team's 'nexus,' a structure located at the heart of base which is protected by other defensive structures.
The game is a hit in Vietnam, and its teams have risen in global prominence.