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Korea might punish account boosting with jail time soon

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Picture of Jeong Apdo Sang-gil at a press event
Jeong "Apdo" Sang-gil is one most well-known Korean account boosters in League of Legends

Account boosting has been creating issues in competitive games since time immemorial but Korea is looking to put an end to it. Law on Game Business Development may get an amendment that can punish account boosters with jail time soon.

Account boosters will enjoy the relative safety for at least another month as the bill has only passed the National Assembly Legislation Review Committee at the time ofwriting. From here, it will need to get the green light from Judicial Committee as well as Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

If the bill passes here, it will be presented to the National Assembly on 30 December 2018 and if they pass the bill, it will become a law. The interesting thing about this potential new law is that it will make account boosting an offence punishable by two years in prison and a fine of 20 million won which translates to roughly $18.000 / €15.900 / £14.000.

According to PCGamesN, Korean website thisisgame.com reported that the law was even specifically proposed due to account boosting. For those unfamiliar with the term, it is when a lower skill player pays a higher skill player to either join their party or directly take control of their account in order to boost their in-game rank.

Such cases are prominent in competitive games such as League of Legends and Overwatch, with the man from the header picture, Jeong "Apdo" Sang-gil, having refused pro play in League of Legends in order to keep account boosting. According to him, the latter option was way more lucrative.

That may change if the bill is passed, as not only would further infractions warrant jail time, but boosters would be stripped of the right to advertise their services on websites.

Riot GamesFaker is talking with his teammates during a tournament.Apdo is often compared to Faker

Should the bill pass, it could potentially see a snowball effect and similar bills could be drafted across the world, as account boosting is being reported as a major issue worldwide. Then again, Korea has a culture with more focus on eSports and it remains to be seen how serious the other governments will be regarding this issue.