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Gamers Take Collective Action amid Disputes over GRAC’s Unfair Deliberations

Gamers Take Collective Action amid Disputes over GRAC’s Unfair Deliberations

SEOUL, Oct. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — The Game Rating and Administration Committee (GRAC) recently recommended restricting some sub-culture games to an adult-only level, raising disputes over unfairness in its deliberations. Such disputes are now threatening the existence of the committee. The office of the Rep. Lee Sang-heon of the main opposition Democratic Party on Saturday [...]

Kakao Games Faces Lawsuit from S. Korean Players of ‘Uma Musume’ over Allegedly Poor Management

Kakao Games Faces Lawsuit from S. Korean Players of ‘Uma Musume’ over Allegedly Poor Management

SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Kakao Games Corp. has been sued by South Korean players of “Uma Musume Pretty Derby,” a popular Japanese-developed mobile game, with hundreds of users demanding refunds of their in-game microtransactions over the company’s purportedly neglectful management of Korean users. Kim Sung-soo, a user representing 201 players of the game, [...]

Kakao Games Caught Up in Storm of Complaints over S. Korean Edition of ‘Uma Musume’

Kakao Games Caught Up in Storm of Complaints over S. Korean Edition of ‘Uma Musume’

SEOUL, Sept. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Kakao Games Corp. has been caught up in a storm of user complaints over questionable management of the South Korean version of Japanese mobile title “Uma Musume Pretty Derby,” with many gamers threatening to sue the company over purported neglect of Korean users when compared with Japanese players. First [...]

Kakao Games’ Q2 Net Profit Skyrockets Over 165 Times on ‘Odin,’ ‘Musume’ Success

Kakao Games’ Q2 Net Profit Skyrockets Over 165 Times on ‘Odin,’ ‘Musume’ Success

SEOUL, Aug. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — Kakao Games Corp., the gaming unit of South Korean tech giant Kakao Corp., said Wednesday its second-quarter net profit skyrocketed over 165 times from a year earlier thanks to the success of its blockbuster mobile title “Odin Valhalla Rising” and “Uma Musume Pretty Derby,” its latest Japanese licensed game [...]

Culture Minister Vows to Lift Regulations on Gaming Industry

Culture Minister Vows to Lift Regulations on Gaming Industry

SEOUL, July 1 (Korea Bizwire) — The culture minister on Friday pledged to lift the country’s strict regulations on the computer gaming industry, saying “games are not a disease.” Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Park Bo-gyoon made the comment during a meeting with industry leaders at the Korea Association of Game Industry in southern Seoul. [...]

Game Companies Take Wait-and-See Approach Towards Plunge in the Price of Their Cryptocurrencies

Game Companies Take Wait-and-See Approach Towards Plunge in the Price of Their Cryptocurrencies

SEOUL, June 24 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean game companies with products featuring virtual coins and other blockchain functionalities are taking a wait-and-see approach towards the recent plunge in the prices of cryptocurrencies operated by them for in-game purchases and trading. Wemix, a cryptocurrency operated by Wemade Co., the developer of the play-to-earn (P2E) game [...]

Korean Game Developers Begin Offensive in Indian Gaming Market

Korean Game Developers Begin Offensive in Indian Gaming Market

SEOUL, May 20 (Korea Bizwire) — China’s unprecedented restrictions on the gaming industry are turning the eyes of South Korean game developers to India, another country with a massive population. Data.ai reported that the Indian version of Krafton Inc.’s global smash hit “PUBG: Battlegrounds” has topped sales charts in Apple’s App Store and ranked second [...]

Game Companies Set Eyes on Virtual Human Projects for Non-gaming Biz Endeavors

Game Companies Set Eyes on Virtual Human Projects for Non-gaming Biz Endeavors

SEOUL, May 18 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean game companies are increasingly setting their eyes on projects centered on virtual human character development, aimed at carving out new endeavors in non-gaming areas such as music and marketing sponsorships. Netmarble Corp. announced its plan to introduce its virtual character Rina, developed by its subsidiary Metaverse Entertainment [...]