South Korean EA FC pro guilty of faking low IQ to avoid military service

Michael Gwilliam
korean esports pro fakes low iq to avoid military serviceYouTube/WonChangYeon777

Former FIFA and EA Sports FC pro Won ‘WonChangYeon’ Chang-yeon has been found guilty of faking an IQ of 53 to get out of his military service.

It’s not uncommon to see most South Korean esports stars go off to complete their compulsory military service, but one player tried to outsmart the system by literally playing dumb.

Chang-yeon, who played FIFA for Liiv SANDBOX, reportedly tried to get out of his military service after originally being cleared for activity duty following his grades in the state physical examination.

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According to the Korea Herald, the esports pro faked his answers on a psychological test in order to be diagnosed with mental disorders and an IQ of 53.

Former EA Sports FC pro sentenced for faking IQ of 53

Despite faking the test results to get out of basic military training, WonChangYeon would still have been required to serve as social service personnel.

Unfortunately, police caught wind of this, and after an investigation, he was indicted for draft dodging.

On Monday, January 29, an Incheon District Court found the FIFA and EA FC pro guilty of violating the Military Service Act. He was sentenced to one year in jail and must complete 120 hours of community service.

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WonChangYeon, who retired from esports back in August following his indictment, was still producing content for YouTube.

Following the court’s decision, the gamer posted on his Afreecatv account saying he was preparing a statement and apologized to fans. The longer statement still has yet to be released.

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Michael Gwilliam is a senior writer at Dexerto based in Ontario, Canada. He specializes in Overwatch, Smash, influencers, and Twitch culture. Gwilliam has written for sites across Canada including the Toronto Sun. You can contact him at or on Twitter @TheGwilliam