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LoL Esports - Will Faker Enlist in Korean Military

Published: 07:09, 10 November 2022
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League of Legends pro player Faker on stage
Final before the final?

The one thing that all Korean pro League of Legends players must do, that no other peer does, is mandatory military service. What does this mean for Faker, the most famous LoL pro there is?

When Riot Game s made League of Legends , we doubt they ever expected it to grow to the heights we see today. However, with the growth of the game and community to all parts of the world, some clash of cultures is expected.

One such thing is mandatory military service that all South Koreans must take part in, when they come of age, and celebrities are no exception to this rule.

Seeing as even the BTS had to take part in said service, there is no question about LoL pros. Bengi, the current head coach of T1, had completed his service before taking said position after his return.

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In the case of Faker, however, things are a little different. Mandatory military service is reserved for all able-bodied males from the ages 18-30, who have a high-school diploma.

Faker, on the other hand, does not, and until 2020, high-school dropouts were exempt from this service. However, that is no longer the case, and even high-school dropouts will now have to work in designated public facilities to lessen the burden of the workload from the staff.

This alternative program would last 18 months, and will not require the participants to live together on a base, so we may still see some Faker streams, at the very least, if he gets to live at home.

However, with him being 26, he still has a few years left before being forced to take part in the service, and could still play in 2023.


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