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Posts tagged “south korea”

Awww: Civilization Online Korea-Only For Now

Against all odds, Civilization Online - a completely non-turn-based, non-strategy MMO in which you play as a glorified grunt in a grand game of global conquest - sounds super fascinating. Its creators are calling the civ-on-civ sandbox "a big social experiment," with leaders kicking and fighting their way up the ranks by any means necessary. Meanwhile, players can collectively choose whether to pursue war, peace,…

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Diablo III’s RMT Removed For South Korea

A thought-provoking little story, I think. Diablo III's auction house will allow real-money trading (RMT) for items found in the game world. The fact that you can trade in items and then "cash out" and make money (minus Blizzard's cut, of course) caused the game to clash with South Korea's anti-gambling laws. Blizzard have resubmitted the game for approval with this feature removed and it…

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South Korea’s Indie Tax Trauma

Well, not really a tax, more of one-off fee, but it's still causing no end of problems for South Korean indies. The problem is that the Korean government have decided to set up a ratings agency for games, and consequently all games published in South Korea under any format - and that includes slinging them up on the web - must now pay their own…

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Starcraft Pros In Cheat Scandal

I'm not entirely sure how to dig deeper into this particular drama, as the main source sites are in Korean, and the auto-translations aren't proving to be particularly useful. Anyway, the story as originated here reports that top Korean players are being named and shamed for throwing matches to make money on illegal betting. It's apparently been a problem that the e-sports organisers have been…

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