19 Nov 2013
South Korea is planning to implement a new bill that would regulate video games as a controlled substance, like drugs or alcohol. According to government data, 11% of Korean youth and 6% of adults are addicted to the Internet, and 61% of those addicts use the web for online gaming. Many argue that authorities have drawn the wrong conclusion from this data and fail to see what might have caused the addiction in the first place.
Korea’s gaming bill is backed by fifteen representatives, but as Yoo Eun Lee from Global Voices Online reports, it is facing fierce opposition from the gaming industry and die-hard gamers.