This past weekend a new World Champion was crowned in the Hearthstone finals. Beating out more than 50,000 players and 16 finalists, Chen “Tom60229” Wei-Lin of Taiwan walked away with the title and $250,000 in prize money.

While that’s all a pretty big deal, (I mean… I’d be happy with the money alone…), he also received something else pretty special: a personal congratulations post from his country’s president. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen posted the following message following Wei-Lin’s win.

I’m not sure, but I think Ing-Wen might be the first world leader to personally congratulated an esports champion. Who knew the president of Taiwan followed Hearthstone?

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QuintLyn is a long-time lover of all things video game related will happily talk about them to anyone that will listen. She began writing about games for various hobby sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community. For the past five years she's been a writer at Gamebreaker TV.

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  1. NameGoesHere on January 29, 2018

    Truth be told (I am from Taiwan)

    The TW President has never played any games in her entire life.

    This entire thing is literally for publicity only.

    It’s literally the same thing they did for the Chinese Basketball Player, Jeremy Lin.

  2. YOHO MOHO on January 23, 2018

    Is she really congratulating or just trying to take credit for it on behalf of taiwan
    “Taiwan’s electric power” OMEGALUL

    • Weilan on January 23, 2018

      I think that’s mechanical translation, as soon as I started reading it, I noticed that and stopped trying to read it and make any sense out of it.

  3. Weilan on January 22, 2018

    Good job!