Mobile games exempt from ‘Cinderella Law’

People will be able to enjoy games on their handsets at any time of the day as the government decided not to include mobile games on the list of those prohibited from play from midnight to 6 a.m. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family announced Monday that they would exempt mobile games from applying the online game curfew. According to the notification, online games for personal computers, Web-based games and PC package games are currently subject to the online game curfew banning children under age 16 from accessing them during the first six hours of the day.

“We found out through research that mobile games were not the main reasons for game addiction, which is why they were not included on the complete list,” said an official at the Culture Ministry. “As a result, we came to an agreement with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family to take it out of the so-called ‘shutdown’ list for the next two years.”

The new law will take effect from May 20-May 19, 2015 following an advance notice period running until Feb. 13.

For full article, see Korea Herald.


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