Game Companies, Parents Sue Over South Korea's 'Shutdown Law'

June 27, 2012 -

South Korea's new "Shutdown Law" was supposed to keep teens from gaming during a six hour block every night to focus on "more important things" like studying, but two groups have already filed lawsuits that question the legality of the new nanny state law concocted by lawmakers in the country. A group of game makers doing business in the region including NCsoft, Neowiz, and Nexon, have filed a lawsuit claiming that the Shutdown Law is unjust and unfair to them.

Another group representing both parents and teenagers in the country has filed a lawsuit claiming that the government is violating the basic right of parents to make decisions for their children.

South Korea's Ministry of Gender Equality and Family claims that the Shutdown Law is the bare minimum it can do to protect teenagers apparently from themselves. Meanwhile, two of the biggest gaming services on the planet, Xbox Live and the PSN, have been adversely affected by the new law in South Korea. Sony recently announced that it would suspend the PSN service in the region so that it can make sure that it is fully compliant with the new rules.

Hopefully a reasonable response from the courts will effectively kill this horrific bill.

Source Kotaku

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Comments

Re: Game Companies, Parents Sue Over South Korea's 'Shutdown ...

The lawmakers do realize they can play games offline, right?  Or watch TV.  Or light the homeless on fire.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Game Companies, Parents Sue Over South Korea's 'Shutdown ...

The idea is to appear to be doing something useful while not actually doing a damn thing.

Re: Game Companies, Parents Sue Over South Korea's 'Shutdown ...

Wow...it sounds like they've been studying our (U.S.) government for tips & strategies!

 


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