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

Suzie Ford Updated: Posted:
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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.


Suzie Ford

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