The shutdown system forcing gaming server down for children under age 16 from midnight to 6 a.m. will be effective from November 20.
The shutdown system targets all the PC online game serviced in Korea and the publishers should prepare special technical system to implement the law. However the government has not yet given any instruction to the game companies to follow.
The companies therefore are hesitating developing such programs because they might need to work all over again if they don’t meet the government’s expectation.
Actually some companies have worked on it already but they have shown different notices each other.
Thus the industry are speaking up that the government should hurry to provide clear instruction and standard in order to minimize the side effect arising from the adoption of the shutdown system later.
Korea Association of Game Industry(KAOGI) has requested alleviation on range of restriction and grace period to the government. “We have expressed our voices to the government. Particularly, we have requested excluding PC packaged games and flash games from the restriction range and allowing certain days of grace after the shutdown system takes effect.”
“We do not welcome the shutdown system because it is a quite shocking affair with strong symbolic meaning to the game industry. So the unconstitutionality lawsuit we have prepared so far will soon proceed,” said KAOGI.