Players Caught Boosting In South Korea May Now Serve Time

QuintLyn Bowers
By QuintLyn Bowers, News Editor December 10, 2018
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Things have gotten serious in South Korea when it comes to people offering boosting services in video games. No longer will low-skilled players be able to pay others to help with improving their ranking -- unless they want to risk going to prison for two years and having to pay an $18,000 fine.

Boosting is a big problem in competitive games where low-skilled players with artificial ranks playing in higher ranking matches mess up the system. This can be a major issue for esports-centric games, so it's no surprise that the games industry would want to do something about it.

And something has definitely been done. The National Assembly of South Korea recently passed an amendment on the Game Industry Promotion Act that allows law enforcement to apply criminal charges to players engaged in boosting. According to Korean site Inven, the charges could earn boosters a 20 million won fine (somewhere around $18,000) and a two-year suspended prison sentence. Technically this means the booster probably won't actually see any jail time. However, they will be on probation during which time they can't do anything that will land them in trouble or they will have to go to jail.

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QuintLyn Bowers
QuintLyn Bowers, News Editor
QuintLyn is a long-time lover of all things video game related will happily talk about them to anyone that will listen. She began writing about games for various hobby sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community.

Discussion (3)

scott grass 3 years ago
they should that here...prison time for cheaters

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PuddingBear 3 years ago
Good, Greefing and boosting kills online portion of games all the time.


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