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South Korean League of Legends team wins gold at Asian Games

The Manila Times
The Manila Times
South Korean League of Legends team wins gold at Asian Games

South Korea's League of Legends team beat Taiwan on Friday at the Asian Games despite being without its star player, capturing not only the gold medal but also winning an exemption from military service at home.

In South Korea, the law exempts athletes, classical and traditional musicians, and ballet and other dancers from military service if they have obtained top prizes in certain competitions and are assessed to have enhanced national prestige.

Whether online gamers should be included in the exemption has been a matter of discussion in South Korea, but there was no sign of any dissent at the Hangzhou esports arena during the gold-medal matches, where many in the crowd waved South Korean flags and cheered loudly as their team bested Taiwan.

It was not as if the dominant South Korean team needed the extra incentive, as it went undefeated in the tournament, including against rival China as it advanced to the final round.


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