Gov’t plans regulations, new taxes on game firms

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The government wants local game companies to make it harder for teenagers to become addicted to online games. The Fair Trade Commission yesterday ordered local game service providers to change rules involving young players. Underage plays will not be able to sign up for an online game account without permission from a legal guardian. Also, an adult’s permission will be required when an underage gamer wants to purchase a game item on a Web site. Any transaction made without the consent of an adult can be automatically cancelled.

The number of consumer complaints about underage gamers has risen in recent years. Revenues for the local online game market increased from 5.7 trillion won ($5.4 billion) in 2010 to 6.2 trillion won in 2011. The online game market accounts for 70.8 percent of the entire game industry, which had 8.8 trillion won in sales in 2011.

The number of consumer complaints filed to game companies rose from 4,285 in 2011 to 5,593 in 2012.

For full article see Joongang Daily.