South Korea to ban in-game item trades next month

Government ban to curb students from wasting time playing games.

Starting next month, South Korea will ban in-game item trades in video games, according to a recent article on the Korean Times.

The upcoming government ban may be detrimental in games like Diablo III.

Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism recently announced a new law that will halt virtual item trading. The ban is meant to target the use of bots that allow the automatic collection of in-game items in massively multiplayer online titles. The ministry calculated that over 60 percent of the items exchanged were collected by those bots. Users who violate this law will face up to a 50 million won fine ($43,000) and five years in jail.

For arcade games, publishers and providers cannot list in-game items in their accounts as property, nor can they hand out gift certificates to claim virtual items.

According to Kim Kap-soo, head of the ministry's content policy division, the move is aimed at making sure students in the country did not waste time with games, saying the hobby of collecting virtual items for commercial use was a deterrent in creating a healthy game culture.

Along with a majority of MMO games like Dragon Nest that may be affected by this new law, Diablo III may be affected due to the in-game auction house option where players can pay any amount of money (in-game gold or real) to bid for items.

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blackothh
blackothh

so what does south korea propose people to do with this all this new time on their hands?

otanikun
otanikun

Considering the amount of gamer related deaths in SKorea due to them turning into mindless zombies this may help a little bit but I doubt it'll be strictly enforced.

 

Because if they can't trade via the dedicated servers they'll probably just use a 3rd party server or make their own to initiate trades instead.

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

Nice idea, good luck policing/enforcing it!

Unholy123
Unholy123

Honestly I'm clapping for SK this is a step in the right direction this putting value on useless crap is terrible (I play D3 too) yet still its about farming and bot farmers they did it in WoW made a tidy profit screwing people over (gold its worth... stuff?)

We need to step away from this idea of worthless ingame data having worth because it really doesnt you pay for the game you should not start buying tiny chunks of data for little charges.

SKaREO
SKaREO

Good for them. The United States is a joke anyway, obviously they'd come up with this retarded idea.

Max_160
Max_160

come one! this is insane. this is no criminal. what's the concept behind this. it's a fuckn game. imagine jail full of koreans getting butt raped because of trading items. i swear whoever made this law should be banished from earth.

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

When your northern border is the longest DMZ in the world you need something to distract you. 

the_requiem
the_requiem

What is wrong with it? If collecting items to trade has gotten to the point of addiction and is affecting their school grades, isn't it much different from doing drugs? You're still addicted, you're getting a "high" from your addiction, and you're too far deep into it to realize it is affecting and ruining your life.

dagrimmreepa
dagrimmreepa

"Users who violate this law will face up to a 50 million won fine ($43,000) and five years in jail."

 

That's insane.

icebear8
icebear8

soo pretty much this is just as bad as raping or killing someone... what has this world come to with laws like this.

BlackLense
BlackLense

They should halt trading a pokemon & trading card game too.

 

It just a game. LOL

Kell_the_Gamer
Kell_the_Gamer

You guys are confusing me, I think I read a completely different article or maybe you guys only read the title.

 

This is only a ban on ILLEGAL traded items; such as selling a character. You can still trade in game items and you can still buy items form a cash shop you just can't use a bot to farm in game gold and then sell the in game gold for real money.

nurnberg
nurnberg

This is very stupid.  The government treats all the Korean gamers like they are little kids.  I don't live there tough, so it doesn't affect me.

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

I like the idea they're going with this. However, I actually doubt it'll accomplish anything.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

"...saying the hobby of collecting virtual items for commercial use was a deterrent in creating a healthy game culture."  No, that's called taking advantage of people.  The deterrent are the low lives that pay for that crap to begin with.  If these pieces of garbage ceased, we wouldn't have gold sellers, bots and all this other crap plaguing online communities.

Scholar_Of_Time
Scholar_Of_Time

Of course, I can think of a workaround for this to go vain.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Seems like it has a point... but I don't think it'll get anywhere, nor should they have a choice on how people waste their time, better hope alchohol taxes stay up enough to stop them banning that then.

edant79
edant79

...and here I thought the purpose of bots WAS to save time.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

How in the world will they police such a thing...?

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

So it's not a ban on literal trading, it's really a ban on actual money being involved in the deals?

00Joseph00
00Joseph00

I love how the punishment is completely equivalent to the severity of the crime.

Bennettfoam
Bennettfoam

I like this law. I think "virtual in-game items' shouln't be sold to people at all.

Foxster22
Foxster22

This will add a whole new niche to the black market. Digital smuggling is on its way!

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

Hey if it fucks up Diablo III or Blizzards profits in general  in anyway I'm all for it. THey threw their players under the bus a long time ago when they dumbed down WoW extremely to get as many people as possible to make as much money as possible while completely destroying Diablo by making a Single Player version of WoW  and calling it Diablo III. 

Erebus
Erebus

If I am understanding this correctly, it is a game-changer for western MMOs as well. Much less item/gold/trade spam, yes?

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

If people are too stupid to know the difference between healthy behavior and unethical behavior, then human governments must step in.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

If it kills online passes for Korea, I'll give them credit for getting one thing right.

Lucidmike78
Lucidmike78

That's not gonna stop 48 hour sessions of Starcraft!

EPaul
EPaul

This kinda of puts a wrench in Blizzards' plans

p4kman88
p4kman88

DAMN KOREA......YOU SCARY....

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

Wouldn't this ban apply to cash shops as well? Well, I guess it would get rid of pay to win, but then again a free to play would have no way of funding itself.

ydnarrewop
ydnarrewop

Oh no! Now this is just sad. The gov interfering with the freedoms of its people... *sigh.

tanerb
tanerb

when will governments learn you can't stop anything by banning?

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Also, maybe this will stop all the gold farm spam global chat in the free MMO's.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Wait, they really need to  clarify what they mean by 'trading in-game items'. Do they mean all items?  That would mean you could never give anybody anything.

 

Also, how does the use of bots relate to people playing too much?  Bots are...bots, they don't require you to be at the screen.  If anything bots help reduce the amount of time people spend playing a game.

Elrax
Elrax

 @Unholy123 True, yet, I just think.. This law just seems to broad. What exactly does it mean? People can't trade with people anymore in online games? I mean, regular trading and stuff, not the illegal gold farmer trade. Even if they say they're targeting gold farmers and the like.That'll seriously hurt the player community of many games

Khasym
Khasym

 @Max_160 It's not TOO insane. Gold and item sellers use kids who run the bots, to make their money. The longer they work, the more they make, even though it's probably just past an allowance overall. But when you have a kid doing 12 hours of bot-farming in games, to make $30 a day, their studies can suffer for it. I grant that they're overshooting the mark by targeting ALL in-game item trades, but it might be easier to take the shotgun approach first, and then ease things up once the gold and item farmer market has found other pastures.

BludshedX
BludshedX

 @Suikogaiden Kinda like wanting to spend real money on virtual items wouldn't you say?

fightingfish18
fightingfish18

 @the_requiem Uhh suffering grades to Koreans would literally be an A-....  So yeah this is overblown.  I'm an expat in Thailand and I went to school with lots of Koreans here and the stereotypical Asian parents flipping out over an A- is actually true.

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

 @dagrimmreepa

 Alot of laws in Asia are like that. Theres some countries that you will get the death plenty for having a very small amount of drugs on you. On the flip side prostitution is legal. 

priv3060
priv3060

 @Kell_the_Gamer"South Korea will ban in-game item trades in video games"..it is all items, not just illegal.

 

fightingfish18
fightingfish18

 @Venatorcruiser  Maybe in Cambodia, but even then, its definitely not legal.  I live in Thailand, and even a small handgun here is crazy expensive.