You can be fined up to 20 million won, the equivalent of just under $18,000 USD, or face up to two years in prison if you’re caught offering boosting services or running a company that allows gamers to receive boosts in various MMO and other competitive online games.

Eventhubs picked up the news from Korean news site Inven, which rolled out the news about the new ban on boosting in games as part of the Games Industry Promotion Act, which originally made its way across the National Assembly’s plenary back in 2016 but wasn’t put into effect until recently.

For those of you unfamiliar with game boosting, it involves paying someone to level-up your character to a high-level, or working with a group of other players to boost up a character by having various players feed their character to the person trying to boost up their level.

Boosting has been around ever since gamers got tired of trying to grind endlessly to level up or avoid paying for XP boosters from the cash shop.

However, South Korea feels as if it required the attention of legislature to make it illegal. The bill was originally presented last year and was eventually passed through the National Assembly to become ratified. Representative Lee Sang-sup explained why the South Korean government took aim at game-boosting, saying…

“Most of the popular games are suffering from professional dealer game companies. It has been a cancerous thing that hurts the e-sports ecosystem as well as the casual gamers as well as the general users. But now that the amendment has been passed, it will help to create a healthy e-sports ecosystem.”

This measure is aimed both at individuals boosting for players, as well as companies that run businesses based solely around boosting player-characters in games. According to the National Assembly, some of these companies are making millions of won (or thousands of dollars) from game boosting, and they want to put an end to it.

South Korea has had a real hard-on for making the lives of gamers miserable within the region, this includes enforced curfews that prevent gamers from under the age of 17 from playing video games after a certain time, as well as militarized re-education camps to break video game addiction. They’ve implemented a number of draconian societal measures to force kids and teenagers from being addicted to video games. South Korea has also been looking into making sexual harassment in online games illegal as well.

This is just an added measure to make life just a little extra harder for South Korean gamers.

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However, South Korean government had nothing better to do, so they made it illegal.

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Maybe in 2020 a VAC ban will get you in prison.

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Well it may happen seeing this movie

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Oh wow. They really have little to worry them if they are going to jail someone over their gaming activity.

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"boosting" services is just allowing another player to play on your account right?

Really don't understand why thats a problem

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Yeah, for examples you buy a character boost in a game (have someone to level you up / help you level up without logging on the account), that would get the booster in trouble.

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  1. You can get banned from the game, because sharing your account is against the Terms of Service for most of them ?

  2. There's also the fact that whoever you hand your account to can use it to then make real-money purchases with stolen credit cards etc. In which case, willingly handing over your account details probably made you complicit in fraud, and thus a criminal who can potentially be prosecuted. (Very similar to being a money mule, except your own reward is even more limited/)

Those two points apply world-wide by the way.

Add to that that in South Korea, e-sports really is that much of a Serious Business that it can directly affect the country's economy. So the government decided it needed some form of regulation at least...

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you are banned in real life roflmao

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Everybody gets a ban.

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Jesus. Focus on gaming and not liveable work hours, and suicide rates, why don't ya :|

Low-key, have you checked some booster sites? I checked the prices for funsies, and they are steep sometimes, it's crazy.

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Zergs are their major export, of course they take counterfeiting seriously.

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And here I was, thinking their major export was kimchi. Clearly living a lie ;-;

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Because it is risky. In Korea, you register with your actual real-live ID on an MMO or similar services. If you get banned, that is it, you cannot just create a new smurf account and continue from there. So anything that goes against the game terms risks them from losing that game permanently.

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Holy shit, that's mad. I don't know if I'm impressed or terrified. Thanks for that though, y'really do learn something every day :o

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It should be normal worldwide. Much fewer idiots would run around in games and they wouldn't behave like a bunch of spoiled 3-year-olds if they had to back their play with their real name and have one account for one game to norture. After all, there is a reason Koreans are usually among the best in most games, they have to act responsibly instead of being a bunch of shitheads. coughtheentirenonKoreanLoLcommunitycough

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Oh, no, I feel that! And if their game accounts are linked to one account is sure explains this ban better. Course, you'd need to be able to trust your anti-cheat systems to be reliable first for that to work. Not like, ah, GTA V false positives everywhere, oh, imagine the horror X')

Would be a massive change. At the same time I don't remember the last time I used my real name on-- ACK, WHOoo, you didn't hear that from me. But yeah, nothing like a bit of accountability to up your game, anywhere 👍

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Yep, prices are crazy, but people are crazy too and would pay for it.

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Wrong category.

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#shitholecountries 👀😇

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This is dumb. Nothing wrong with having somebody else do it.

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I haven't purchased but I've done few boostings before

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I agree with that.

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To be banned for such a thing, okay, but to be imprisoned for 2 years and/or fined with +10k is outrageous, boosting isn't even against the rules of any game, sure it can cause imbalance in the ranking ladder I guess, but even hackers who are actually breaking the game to gain an advantage receive less harsh punishment than that..

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in South Korea hacker gets inprisoned aswell did read an article a year ago i think .

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nice ^^

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South Korea has had a real hard-on for making the lives of gamers miserable
South Korea has also been looking into making sexual harassment in online games illegal as well.

How can a country be so misguided.

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I predict it doesn't take long until 'banhammer' gets a new meaning :>...

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Will someone please think of the Chinese farmers?

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This came to my mind

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:-)

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I would've preferred a ban on games with mandatory grinding, but oh well..

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That reminds me of some awesome korean LoL players who chose to stay as boosters and made more money than going pro.

Interesting indeed, feels like this law would only make some companies very happy. Who is a booster harming directly other than the gaming companies?
Even though I'm completely against boosting in games, imprisonment is too much for such an act imo.

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Sadly greed gives to the people's heads

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That reminds me of some awesome korean LoL players who chose to stay as boosters and made more money than going pro.

Most likely the reason behind all of this, but they still might find some workarounds

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why deal with real crime, real criminals bribe politicians. too bad the gamers forgot to send their bribe!

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Are they trying to move towards becoming like their North Korean brothers or what?

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They do want to rejoin.

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20 million won don't sound as bad as 20 million lose. :D

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Its pretty dumb

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