Commercial 'boosting' in video games now punishable by law in Korea

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The boosting regulations come as part of a larger law that is meant to provide a variety of protections for the South Korean gaming industry.

The act of boosting - that is, logging into someone else's account on a competitive game and playing ranked matches to boost the account's rank - is now against the law in South Korea.

These services are used to increase the rank of individual gamers in return for a fee, affecting the ecosystem of the game, making it hard for players who do not purchase boosting services and thus less fair.

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The National Assembly recently passed a revision to the Game Industry Promotion Act, prohibiting entities from offering paid services to level up a gamer's account using methods unauthorized by the game's creator.

As the name suggests, the Game Industry Promotion Act is created to protect the wider games industry, and gives the Korean government the power to dish out serious punishments for offenses such as hacking - and thanks to the recent amendment, boosting.

"The newly passed revisions will provide huge support to efforts to forge a healthy esports ecosystem in Korea", he said.

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