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Gamers can be imprisoned and fined for up to $18,000 under new South Korean video game boosting law

Better get to Master rank on your own

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • December 10, 2018 at 4 p.m. PST • Comments: 40

Gaming has grown from niche hobby to spectator sport, and with the immense growth in eSports over the last few years we're seeing increased numbers of players clamoring for status via high scores and high ranks.

As more and more people view gaming with more and more gravity, practices such as boosting become less and less tolerated.

A new South Korean law, brought about as an amendment to the Game Industry Promotion Act, seeks to deter players from leveling each other up in this way.

For those unaware, boosting is essentially the artificial inflation of a player's rank in any given game. A player of higher skill is granted access to a player of lower skill's account and levels them up to a desired rank, usually for a fee.

According to Inven (via DOT eSports) this new amendment can see perpetrators charged with a two-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of up to $18,000 if they are caught participating in boosting.

The motion for this particular law was started back in June of last year. Policing requires the cooperation of game developers as they work with law enforcement to seek out offenders and prosecute them.

While this kind of thing is certainly not as common in fighting games as other genres at this point in time, we have indeed seen some fishy practices pop up in our genre in recent years.

Back in 2016 a company by the name of "SFVBoost" claimed to offer Street Fighter 5 boosting all the way up to Master rank (the highest possible rank at the time) for a fee of $900. Their home page has since been suspended and is therefore no longer active.

Is government regulation on video game boosting something other countries should adopt? Let us know what you think of all this in the comments below.

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