Concern over Blizzard Entertainment’s <Diablo 3> is rising not from gaming industry but National Assembly.
Accroding to JaeChul Sim MP’s report submitted to the National Assembly last 28th, if a random probability based feature of a game takes great portion of the game and is encashable, the game is speculative and could be denied to be rated in order to prevent any possible speculation in the future under the first clause of Article 1 of the game law of Korea.
He said GRB explained real money transaction(RMT) system of the online game could encourage the speculation.
Based on what he said, a Korean media made a fault report last night that GRB set up a internal policy not to rate <Diablo 3> for the reason of its possible speculation.
GRB clarified that they have kept their mouth shut about games yet rated and it has applied to <Diablo 3> too. “We never judge any games not even filed for rating.”
They also said “We cannot and have not named a specific game in the report. The data we provided to Sim is just about regulation for speculation of ordinary MMORPG. In addition, we cannot deny any games for the reason of encouraging speculation unless it is obvious.”
By the way, let me ask you something. Is the game content really matter to deal with the National Assembly?
No one has seriously complaint about it in the past but why now? There are even RMT sites legally and precedents that RMT is legit unless it is professionally done.
Even more, it is hard to judge that RMT is encouraging the speculation because it can be interpreted in trading items uselss to someone with someone else who really needs it.
Industy experts said “<Diablo 3> is obviously 18+ game. So it is hard to imagine that it would be refused to be rated from GRB all because of the cash auction. We should look at its voluntary participation.”
Then we could think the National Assembly is trying to hunt down the overseas company Blizzard Entertainment once again.
The government had recalled Michael Gilmartin the CEO of Blizzard last year to inquire its controversial policy for Korean internet cafes which is obviously and utterly its business authority.
Blizzard said “We are not sure if the cash auction of Diablo 3 would be revised for Korean version. We are also investigating legally and will talk with GRB later. What’s for sure now is that we will follow each country’s policy.”