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Boosting Other Players Can Now Net Jail Time & Heavy Fines in South Korea

South Korea has enacted the Game Industry Promotion Act that criminalizes boosting, a paid service that sees high level / high skilled players carry low level / low skill player though matches in competitive games to artificially enhance their rating. This commonly occurs in games including Overwatch, League of Legends and DOTA 2 to name a few. Those found guilty of boosting can face a two year suspended sentence and up to $18,000 in fines.

The KoreaHerald obtained a statement from one of the representatives:

“Many popular games have been suffering from professional businesses specializing in boosting without a concrete way to resolve this issue,” said Rep. Lee Dong-sup of the minor opposition Bareunmirae Party, who had proposed the related bill.

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

The boosting regulations come as part of a larger law that is intended to provide a variety of protections for the South Korean gaming industry. You can read the full text here.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom

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