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With a maximum of ten games in the Worlds 2021 before stopping his career as a professional of League of Legends, Khan will have to comply with the compulsory military service of two years who have to carry out all male born in Korea From the south since 1957. A competitive trajectory interrupted in a forced manner when the player has finally been able to demonstrate the great audience that is among the most valuable on the planet and who can have as final tract the achievement of the Worlds 2021 champion trophy.
Although it is one of the most sounded cases of recent times when it is a player at a time exceptionally, nor is the first nor will it be the last time we heard this story regarding a Korean professional. In fact, it is likely that it is increasingly habitual due to the players tendency to retire at the latest ages.
Why does Khan will have to do military service?
On this occasion it is inevitable to separate League of Legends from politics. Military service remains mandatory in South Korea. In Spain we forget about it in December 2001, but it is still a requirement in a number of countries. On many occasions, due to its past warfare situations or for being located in enclaves that historically have been target of military attacks.
In the case of South Korea, it is the situation of the peninsula that still motivates the existence of mandatory military service. Although the positions have come near in recent years with the government of the northern half of the country, A definitive peace agreement has never been signed QIE ratifies the armistice signed in 1953. A very particular situation that makes it really Korea s ghern is never finished and the two countries of the peninsula make demonstrations of strength to prevent the conflict from resorting.
The compulsory military service was close to disappearing from South Korea at the end of the 2000s. However, a series of arms evidence gave rise to an armed response from North Korea, which Bombarde the island of Yeonpyeong. A situation that silenced the protests against the mili and have made it still active. It will force Khan at a period of inactivity of two years that, usually, is synonymous with withdrawal.
What is the situation of League of Legends professionals?
Although Khan s case is already inevitable, The situation is diverse among League of Legends professionals of Korean nationality. A member of the knowledgeable community of cases wanted to collect the concrete situation of some players, as well as possible scenarios according to the country s legislation.
Players with health problems (THSHY): Those who have some kind of permanent physical injury can be declared inhabils for military service.
Players without secondary education or equivalent (Faker): Any inhabitant of South Korea that has not completed secondary education is exempt from serving, although it can be claimed for supplementary activities.
Residents in other countries (Corejj, Rookie, Doinb…): delay their military service until they return to the country for more than six months or work on it for two.
Under normal conditions, any other Korean player of the LCK (or lower categories of South Cora) is subject to complying with mandatory military service.
There is a bill that could exempt certain South Korean players to fulfill the military and allow them to continue developing as League of Legends professionals, but it has not yet been approved. Nor do they serve the possible medals achieved so far in Asian Losjames, Yaque League of Legends was part of the exhibition circuit and only gold in an official discipline can lead to an exemption. Perhaps it occurs in 2022, making players able to carry out their training in a short period of four weeks and postpone the rest of their service over several years. This is the case of footballers like Heung-Ming are.
Over the next few years, we will see more professional players of League of Legends paralyze his career due to the need to comply with military service. A cultural reality in the South Korean country that does not seem intended to change in the short term.