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.
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.
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.
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.
@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
Good for them. The United States is a joke anyway, obviously they'd come up with this retarded idea.
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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.
@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.
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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.
@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.
"Users who violate this law will face up to a 50 million won fine ($43,000) and five years in jail."
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.
soo pretty much this is just as bad as raping or killing someone... what has this world come to with laws like this.
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.
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.
"...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.
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.
The idea of this is stupid anyways and just brings to light Greedy corporations.
So it's not a ban on literal trading, it's really a ban on actual money being involved in the deals?
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.
If I am understanding this correctly, it is a game-changer for western MMOs as well. Much less item/gold/trade spam, yes?
If people are too stupid to know the difference between healthy behavior and unethical behavior, then human governments must step in.
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.
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.
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