South Korea wants trading and farming digital content to be illegal
South Korea has what is called the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Television. They are the same group behind the gaming curfews we briefly mentioned last year. But those curfews have not had the desired effect on the youth population in the country, so it is time to take some drastic measures. Kim Kap-soo who is head of the ministry’s content division feels that games should only be used for “entertainment… academic and other good purposes”.
Using bots to farm for items is not a “good purpose” for playing a game. In fact, the ministry feels that by allowing such programs to exist and make up 50% of the market further encourages bad behavior and criminal activity. Trading and farming would be a “criminal offense with a penalty of ₩50 million ($45,000) max along with jail time should offenders be found guilty.”
This is a problem for some free to play games or even a game like Diablo 3, which encourages players to trade items in a virtual auction house. The law is still in its preliminary stages, so the trade aspect has not been clearly defined, but it seems like those aspects of the game would need to be completely removed or risk tying up the legal system. The law should be finalized across various Providences of South Korea in the coming month.
In theory it sounds good and i would embrace it, but i think it would only used to "catch" a few individuals here and there to scare the majority. And thinking back to the same thing with Anti-piracy campaigns... it really doesnt work.
This sounds like one of those laws that would be near impossible to enforce. Waste of time and money in my opinion.
I can see why they would ban bot. They make the game unfair to those who don't use bots and are all around cheap. However, the whole trading thing, why? Don't mess with the trading system that the game encourages. This could go ether very good, or very bad.
It would have been better implemented if the trading system was done through legal channels.
the irony is South Korea is the place where most of those games come from, so their kinda tripping themselves but whatever, WHO WANTS TO BUY GEMS!!!!
The problem with it though is that people are using criminal means to get these items for profit. Which is why this law is being proposed in the first place, to punish those who abuse the system. Like the Turtle of T-shirt said, this could go either way.
This can be a good or bad thing depending on how this law comes out.
I don't know why it has to be illegal. It's not hurting anyone (or at least I don't think), it helps players get through some boring parts faster, and it brings in more money for the consumers of Korea, right? If people want to waste hours upon hours to rake in dough, I say so be it.