Esports expected to offer South Korean gamers path to nationwide service exemption
The addition of esports to the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games sport programme might use South Korean stars the opportunity to secure exemptions from military service.
Esports was confirmed on the Hangzhou 2022 programme last month at the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly.
Six esports medal events will include at the next edition of the Asian Games, with the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) overseeing the competitors.
Esports had appeared as a demonstration event at the 2018 Asian Games, which was held in Jakarta and Palembang.
It was a presentation sport at the Ashgabat 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG), and will be on the complete program for the next AIMAG in Thailand in 2021.
The 2018 Asian Games saw gamers contend in esports occasions, with the titles Arena of Valor, Clash Royale, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Pro Development Soccer and StarCraft II used.
Esports website Win.GG has highlighted the case of esports star Lee Sang-hyeok as one southern Korean players who may benefit from its complete medal status at Hangzhou 2022.
Lee, much better understood by his in-game name “Faker”, is a professional League of Legends gamer.
The 24-year-old is a three-time world champ in League of Legends, forming part of the team which triumphed in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Faker belonged to the South Korean group which completed second at the Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games.
Gold-medal success at the Asian Games would possibly offer a path to serving a minimized military service.
For every single adult man in South Korea, two years of service in the armed forces before the age of 28 is mandatory.
Exemptions are offered, nevertheless, to those with either an Olympic medal of any kind or a gold from the Asian Games.
One of the most noteworthy cases over the last few years involved South Korean football star Child Heung-min.
Boy brought out a reduced four-week military service in 2015, after belonging to the gold medal-winning team at Jakarta Palembang 2018.
Members of South Korea’s bronze medal-winning group at the London 2012 Olympics made the most of the rule and had the ability to get involved in basic training over a shorter one-month duration.
Last month, South Korea’s National Assembly passed a brand-new law which will permit noteworthy figures in pop culture to hold off nationwide service if it is seen that they have improved the country’s global image.
The Culture Minister will be able to advise which individuals satisfy the criteria.