South Korea To Ban Gold Farming Bots

According to the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, roughly 60 per cent of game items for sale were acquired via bots. In online games, these programs allow players to hunt and collect items without controlling them directly. And soon, these programs will be outlawed. The Korea Times reports that the country has decided to ban the commercial trade of game items.

The law, which will go into affect later this year, will also prohibit players from using bots. The Korean government believes that these programs are responsible for online gaming's negative reputation.

Those players who violate the law can face up to five years in prison and a 50 million won (US$43,000).

"The main purpose of the games is for entertainment and should be used for academic and other good purposes," said Kim Kap-soo, head of the ministry's content policy division. The government also feels that the virtual item trade has caused problems in Korea and that a solution is therefore necessary.

More details about the new law are expected next month.

Korea prohibits trade of online game items [The Korea Times]

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Comments

    Go into effect. Go into effect.

    Learn to fucking type. EFFECT. All you have to do to learn the difference between effect/affect intuitively is to play a lot of pokemon and JRPG s. This is my second language and I know the difference for gods sake.

    In other news... North Korea exploring the use of bots to bolster economy.

    Doesn't this ruling lean right next to sections in a game where the player is 'on rails', and will uncontrollably collect tokens and other items during that game feature/segment (where the player can also do some movements to collect extra tokens/items that would be off to the side), because if the player is gaining things in such a feature without controlling it, that too acts like a bot.
    Across the board, motherfucker, so now they have to go and ban all games that have such a feature.

    But for Korea, this new law literally means you cannot have nice things.

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