I apologize, but your question was initially constructed incorrectly.
Compared to other citizens, cybersportsmen have no concessions regarding military service. And it never did. It all depends on the state of which this or that cybersports player is a citizen.
Previously, the responses actively discussed South Korea . And Dmitry Shibinsky gave a detailed answer regarding this country. On my own I would like to add a small comment. Under the laws of the Republic of Korea , every capable man is obliged to serve twenty-one months in the army up to thirty years.
There are exceptions. For example, the winners of the Olympics and the winners of the gold awards of the Asian Games receive impressive concessions - their service life is significantly reduced. That is why the famous talented footballer Song Heung Min will have to serve much less. But esportsmen in South Korea do not have such privileges yet.
Likewise, there is not a single esports player (even a female) from Israel who has not completed compulsory military service. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I can't remember any of the eminent gamers offhand. But I remember exactly that the actress Gal Gadot did not receive any favors from the state.
That is, it all depends on the country and its legal framework, and not on the citizen's belonging to e-sports and his merits in this area . Something like that.
I don’t understand those people who added the wrong answer like that. In South Korea, on the contrary, it is almost impossible not to join the army. Before the age of 30, any young person must be trained in the army. True, he himself chooses the right moment for this. Nobody will force him to go at 18 if he doesn't want to. Cybersportsmen leave the army at the age of 27-28 after the end of their playing career.
In other countries, there are no indulgences for cybersportsmen either. These are ordinary people who obey the laws of the country.
For example, one player from the Korean Dota 2 MVP PHOENIX team, Febby, seems to have left the team to serve in the army. But the Finnish guy Matumbaman was released from service by the Finnish government, as he is an esports player.
Not true. In South Korea, all men are required to do military service, which they do regardless of whether you are an esports player or not. Even politicians do not escape punishment when it becomes known that they or their sons have not duly paid their debt to their homeland. Attempts by celebrities to evade the army are also severely suppressed. The only difference from the CIS is that there is a time limit that you can postpone your campaign in the army, but when the deadline is reached, men are OBLIGED to repay their debt to their homeland. Even the great StarCraft player Boxer, Lim Yo Hwan, who was a legend, served full time in the South Korean Air Force and played there, while serving in parallel with the Air Force. There are also numerous players who temporarily left their playing career in order to serve.
Need to clarify: South Korean esports players do not join the military. The reason for this is the special place that esports occupies in South Korea. If in Russia and Europe video games are just entering the sports arena, then in Korea esports began to emerge back in the days of the first Starcraft (1998). As a result, in South Korea this occupation has long become an honorable, and not a marginalized practice, which it still is for most of, say, Russia. If a Russian girl says that her boyfriend is an e-sportsman, then her parents will most likely advise her to find a normal guy, "and not this nerd," while in Korea, e-sportsmen are promising young people, like our young civil servants and oil industry workers, probably. Therefore, for Korea, it seems enough that a person defends the country's honor in the esports arena. :)
What delay or gap in legislation do they use?