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Feb 9, 2012

Korea Leading the World in Aggressive Regulation of Game Use by Children

Children in Korea, under the age of 17, are prohibited, according to a recent Korean law, to be provided access to online games between midnight and 6AM. This law in Korea has forced online providers of games in Korea to shut their sites to children during these periods of time.

A new law have been proposed restricting the use of video games by these children for more than two hours at one time and four hours in one day. The details and enforcement mechanisms for this proposed law in Korea are not yet known.

Korea is one of the leading nations in sales of online and mobile games. The proposed law has led to a decrease in the stock value of some of the major Korean game companies.

What should be the role of government in regulating the use of video games?
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SeanHayes@ipglegal.com
IPG attorneys advise a major Korean game industry foundation and game and other entertainment companies. IPG is engaged in projects for companies and entrepreneurs doing business in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam and the U.S. www.ipglegal.com