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Refunds Soar for Children’s Video Game Payments Using Parents’ Credit Cards

Refunds Soar for Children’s Video Game Payments Using Parents’ Credit Cards

SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – The number of underage children using their parents’ credit cards or cell phones (direct carrier billing) to pay for their gaming ventures is on the rise, and as a result, refund requests from parents receiving monthly billing surprises are also growing.  According to the Korea Consumer Agency, there were [...]

Taiwanese President Pledges to Support Local Film Industry after Megahit Korean TV Series

Taiwanese President Pledges to Support Local Film Industry after Megahit Korean TV Series

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s recent commitment to nurture the local motion picture industry comes after a TV series by tvN, Guardia: The Lonely and Great God (also referred to as “Goblin”), became a major hit on Taiwanese television.  During a luncheon meeting on Tuesday, President Tsai emphasized the importance [...]

‘Infinite Challenge’ Hiatus May Cost MBC Nearly 2 Bln Won in Lost Sales

‘Infinite Challenge’ Hiatus May Cost MBC Nearly 2 Bln Won in Lost Sales

SEOUL, Feb. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – The hiatus of popular weekend show “Infinite Challenge” is estimated to cost its network MBC TV around 2 billion won (US$1.75 million) in lost sales, according to industry forecasts Wednesday.  First aired in 2005, the mission-oriented reality TV show is one of the most viewed non-drama programs in South [...]

Cybercrime Threats Grow with Pokémon GO Frenzy

Cybercrime Threats Grow with Pokémon GO Frenzy

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Korea Bizwire) – Last month’s Korean launch of Niantic’s Pokémon GO has put law enforcement agencies on high alert, mainly against trespassing and Pokémon GO driving, and officials are now advising players to also take heed against cybercrimes.  According to the Korean National Police Agency, extra apps that can help players to [...]

Professional Claw Machine Players Resell Their Prizes Online

Professional Claw Machine Players Resell Their Prizes Online

SEOUL, Feb. 3 (Korea Bizwire) – Whether it’s the poor economy provoking childhood nostalgia, or people looking for simple gambling fun, claw machines are back in Korea, and they are everywhere.  Over the past two years, the number of claw machine arcades in the country jumped by 2,400 percent to an estimated 500 – and [...]

Suburban Pokémon GO Players Complain About PokéStop Disparity

Suburban Pokémon GO Players Complain About PokéStop Disparity

SEOUL, Feb. 2 (Korea Bizwire) – The Pokémon GO frenzy is just beginning in South Korea, but not everyone is happy with the game, with players living outside urban areas complaining about a lack of easily accessible PokéStops.  PokéStops are an essential component of Pokémon GO, places where players can freely collect items like Poké [...]