Oct 13 2016 - 5:06 pm

StarCraft star Polt to fulfill mandatory military service in Korea, will miss Blizzcon

One of the most consistent competitors in StarCraft II’s history will be missing Blizzcon next month
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

One of the most consistent competitors in StarCraft II’s history will be missing Blizzcon next month.

Choi “Polt” Seong Hun is scheduled to undertake his mandatory conscription in South Korea.

Polt has spent the past three years living and competing in the U.S., resulting in at least one major championship victory per year.

This is nothing unusual for the world of Korean esports players. Conscription is a mandatory part of modern South Korean life, something both Polt and his now former team EnVyUs were aware of upon signing the Terran player in May 2016.

“We all knew this day would come, and while Polt is proud and resolute, it still saddens us to have to say goodbye to him as a player, teammate, and daily face at the table,” EnVyUs said in its statement.

Polt made his first big breakthrough in 2011, when he won the $100,000 GSL Super Tournament in a 4-0 sweep against heavily favored Mun "MMA" Seong Won in the grand finals. Afterwards, Polt became a globetrotter and competed across the world for the next five years, ultimately winning over $400,000 in prize money.

"I have been really happy for the past 6 years. Playing StarCraft II and meeting a lot of people in the world gave me plenty of unforgettable memories,” Polt says in his statement. “Unfortunately, the time has come to say goodbye. However, remember that every ending is a new beginning. I am looking forward to seeing you again soon."

While it is possible for South Korean nationals to postpone conscription for a considerable amount of time, as many esports professionals have done, they are at some point expected to spend roughly two years in either the South Korean army, navy, or air force. In fact, in 2006 the South Korean air force founded its’ own esports team known as Air Force ACE and featured players such as Lim “BoxeR” Yo-Hwan and Lee "firebathero" Sung Eun. The project has since been discontinued, however.

Oct 13 2016 - 7:06 am

StarCraft star Polt to fulfill mandatory military service in Korea, will miss Blizzcon

One of the most consistent competitors in StarCraft II’s history will be missing Blizzcon next month
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

One of the most consistent competitors in StarCraft II’s history will be missing Blizzcon next month.

Choi “Polt” Seong Hun is scheduled to undertake his mandatory conscription in South Korea.

Polt has spent the past three years living and competing in the U.S., resulting in at least one major championship victory per year.

This is nothing unusual for the world of Korean esports players. Conscription is a mandatory part of modern South Korean life, something both Polt and his now former team EnVyUs were aware of upon signing the Terran player in May 2016.

“We all knew this day would come, and while Polt is proud and resolute, it still saddens us to have to say goodbye to him as a player, teammate, and daily face at the table,” EnVyUs said in its statement.

Polt made his first big breakthrough in 2011, when he won the $100,000 GSL Super Tournament in a 4-0 sweep against heavily favored Mun "MMA" Seong Won in the grand finals. Afterwards, Polt became a globetrotter and competed across the world for the next five years, ultimately winning over $400,000 in prize money.

"I have been really happy for the past 6 years. Playing StarCraft II and meeting a lot of people in the world gave me plenty of unforgettable memories,” Polt says in his statement. “Unfortunately, the time has come to say goodbye. However, remember that every ending is a new beginning. I am looking forward to seeing you again soon."

While it is possible for South Korean nationals to postpone conscription for a considerable amount of time, as many esports professionals have done, they are at some point expected to spend roughly two years in either the South Korean army, navy, or air force. In fact, in 2006 the South Korean air force founded its’ own esports team known as Air Force ACE and featured players such as Lim “BoxeR” Yo-Hwan and Lee "firebathero" Sung Eun. The project has since been discontinued, however.

Apr 21 2016 - 3:00 pm

Two Korean StarCraft pros, Life and Bbyong, charged for match fixing

Two Korean StarCraft pro players are among a group of 11 players charged by Korean prosecutors in relation to match fixing at the highest level of the game
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.

Two Korean StarCraft pro players are among a group of 11 players charged by Korean prosecutors in relation to match fixing at the highest level of the game.

Lee "Life" Seung Hyun, winner of the 2014 WCS, and 2015 IEM World Championship semifinalist Jung "Bbyong" Woo Yong have both been charged with match fixing offenses.

According to the Korean prosecutor's report (translated and summarized here), Life fixed two matches in the KeSPA Cup in 2015 for a total fee of 70,000,000 won ($124,000). Four brokers and two financial backers were also charged in relation to those matches—including former StarCraft pro and journalist Sung "Enough" Jun Mot who was previously charged in connection with the Prime matchfixing scandal last October.

Bbyong allegedly threw a match in the Global StarCraft League in January for 30,000,000 won, with four others charged for their involvement in that incident.

A report from Yonhap News (translated here)—claims that Life was already convicted on these charges in January, receiving a fine for the amount he received in payment and a suspended prison sentence. Prosecutors have appealed the ruling, asking for a harsher punishment to be handed down.

KeSPA has yet to comment on the charges, with lengthy bans for the players considered all but inevitable and lifetime bans a definite possibility.

While Bbyong was an inconsistent performer, at just 19 Life had the potential to be a star of the game for years to come. After winning the 2014 WCS he finished second in 2015, becoming one of only two players to appear in two WCS finals.