In December of 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) proposed a new controversial addition to its official mental health classification guide. For its upcoming revision in May 2018, the WHO will be looking to add the term "gaming disorder" to its International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The inclusion of a "gaming disorder" label as a mental health issue is currently under serious consideration, and if passed gaming addiction will officially be classified as a diagnosable mental disorder. Under the current ICD-11 Beta Draft, the proposed "gaming disorder" definition can be found under section 6C51, and is notably grouped with other addictive disorders such as substance abuse and gambling. Gaming disorder is characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour (‘digital gaming’ or ‘video-gaming’), which may be online (i.e., over the internet) or offline, manifested by: 1) impaired control over gaming (e.g., onset, frequency, intensity, … [Read more...] about Korea Challenges WHO’s Addition of “Gaming Disorder” as a Mental Condition
Earlier today, South Korean developer Smilegate held a media event to announce the launch schedule for its highly-anticipated MMORPG, Lost Ark. Tons of info were released, including the Open Beta (also counted as official launch) date of November 7 in South Korea. Taking 7 years to developer and around 90 million USD to develop, the developer is keen to highlight how Lost Ark will display that MMORPG is still best played on PC rather than mobile devices. Below are some summarized details from the media event, read on! • Once again, the Open Beta (or official launch) for Lost Ark is on November 7 in South Korea. • As per developer talk, tons of feedback were gathered during the Closed Beta phases and used to improvise the game to its current form. • After launch, game updates will be divided into 3 different categories: Season, Episode, and Middle Update. • Season is the largest scale of the 3 categories, and it is mainly to prepare the game for future updates. … [Read more...] about – South Korea launch date announced for highly anticipated action MMORPG
According to the Korean media, mid-size games developer Vespa, the creator of mobile RPG King’s Raid, has submitted a securities report to the Financial Services Commission in view of being publicly listed on KOSDAQ, the trading board of Korea Exchange (KRX). The number of shares available is reportedly 1,600,000, with each worth between 44,800 Won (39.50 USD) to 59,700 Won (52.70 USD). This means a minimum of 63.2 million USD! Founded back in 2013, King’s Raid has steadily helped Vespa become a force to be reckoned with in the saturated mobile gaming market. According to financial reports, Vespa made a operating profit of 6 million USD in the year 2017, massive for a developer which only launched King’s Raid early in the same year. Vespa is aiming to expand into other platforms, while also prepare for more mobile game launches in the 2nd half of 2019. … [Read more...] about – King’s Raid developer prepares for stock listing in South Korea
Korea has always had stiffer gaming regulations than the West. For years, account registration on Korean portals like Nexon or NCsoft required users to enter their Korean Social Security numbers, something alien to those of us who often use throwaway emails, names, and birthdays when registering. On November 20, 2011, Korea's Youth Protection Revision Act came into force. Commonly reffered to as the Cinderella Law, the act forbids children under the age of 16 from playing games between midnight and 6am. There are also a host of laws restricting the amount of time minors can play games per day. Westerners who play Korean games will likely have noticed reminders that they have played for x hours and should consider a break. Those notices carry far more weight in Korea, where in-game mechanics hamper players' progress if they play for too long. Now, Korea has introduced another piece of legislation that restricts gameplay. Account Boosting, the act of artificially increasing a player's … [Read more...] about The Weekly Raid: Korea Makes Account Boosting Criminal, Should The West Follow?
Yesterday, big Korean game companies such as NCsoft and Nexon announced their financial reports for the 4th quarter of 2018 and also for the year. In Nexon’s latest presentation slides to shareholders, it was revealed that there are no PC games outside of South Korea planned for 2019, with the 3 “lucky” PC games being Ascendant One, Dragon Hound and Project BBQ. I doubt Project BBQ will make it for a launch this year though. Also, Nexon only has 1 mobile game prepared for the huge China market (usually under Tencent), which is definitely a shock. Plans do change, and Nexon might still spring a surprise title. Most of the games have been announced at G-Star 2018, so you can head over to this article or this tag for more details. Here are some key points from the presentation slides: • Overall, Nexon performed worse than expected in terms of revenue when comparing the 4th quarter of 2018 to the 4th quarter of 2017 (most comparisons are done this way). Both PC … [Read more...] about – No new PC games planned for 2019 outside of South Korea