GG, ForGG: player steps back from StarCraft to begin military service

by theScore Staff Mar 11 2016
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Park "ForGG" Ji Soo has announced that he is leaving professional Starcraft to begin his military service in Korea.

In a video statement released Friday, ForGG stated that he will join the army on May 3, 2016, and that his service will last for 21 months. After his service ends, ForGG will try to stream again, but "my hands may be dead, I don't know, we will see."

At the peak of his career, ForGG was one of South Korea's top Terran StarCraft and StarCraft II players. In Brood War, he defeated both Lee "Flash" Young Ho and Lee "Jaedong" Jae Dong to win the Arena MSL 2008; after transitioning to StarCraft II, he competed in GSL Code S in 2012.

As a member of Millenium Gaming, ForGG was one of the first Korean pros to compete in overseas competitions. His biggest SCII achievement came in 2014, when he defeated Lee "Life" Seung Hyun to Win DreamHack Open: Winter in Austin, Texas.

His most recent (and likely last) career result was 3rd-4th place in Season 3 of the 2015 World Championship Series Premier League. ForGG defeated fellow Korean players Jaedong and Choi "Polt" Seong Hun to reach the semifinals, but fell to Polish Protoss Grzegorz "MaNa" Komincz.

In December, visa issues prevented ForGG from rejoining Millennium in Europe, and he has not been signed by another team since.

All South Korean males between 18 and 35 must serve a mandatory period of military service. Professional StarCraft players do not typically continue playing after they return from service, though ForGG did not rule out a return to the game when he is done.

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.