South Korean Court Rejects Challenge to Strict Crypto, NFT Gaming Law

South Korea’s Constitutional Court. Source: AdobeStock / robepco


South Korea’s Constitutional Court has upheld a legislation that blocks avid gamers from shopping for and promoting crypto and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) – and seeks to punish these buying and selling video game-related cash and objects.

Two unnamed people had sought to enchantment to the courtroom following prosecution, claiming that the Game Industry Act, which stipulates that the act of exchanging digital foreign money acquired in video games is punishable by legislation, was a violation of the nation’s structure. Had the duo been profitable, the case would probably have opened the floodgates for play-to-earn (P2E) video games, that are presently barred by the nationwide gaming regulator.

The media outlet News1, nevertheless, reported that the Constitutional Court had determined to dismiss the criticism, the courtroom’s judges “unanimously” ruling in opposition to the enchantment.

The duo was recognized for authorized causes solely as A and B. A was described because the operator of a web based gaming merchandise brokerage and buying and selling agency. The latter was charged with promoting and repurchasing digital objects. A was fined some USD 33,300.

B, in the meantime, is a PC gaming room (identified regionally as a PC bang) operator who was charged with creating a web based atmosphere whereby clients may use crypto to play playing video games together with poker and go, and serving to them commerce their winnings for money.

Although no gaming corporations had been straight concerned within the proceedings, they are going to have been watching with eager curiosity: South Korea’s gaming trade is value an estimated USD 16bn. And home corporations have been eager to discover P2E titles.

Many have even created and launched their very own choices overseas, however the regulator has resolutely caught by its resolution to refuse NFT and crypto-related titles age-appropriate licenses. Without such a license, distribution is all however unattainable in South Korea – significantly because the regulator final yr indicated that it’ll ask app shops to pull NFT and P2E titles from their home shops. 

The Game Industry Act, which debuted in 2006 and has been amended on a number of events since, prohibits corporations and people from exchanging objects or “digital foreign money” acquired by using video games, in addition to facilitating merchandise/crypto-to-fiat exchanges. Offenders, the legislation stipulates, may be imprisoned for up to 5 years, with fines of up to USD 41,600 additionally relevant.

Two earlier makes an attempt to problem the legislation’s constitutional standing have been dismissed by the Constitutional Court.

The identical media outlet quoted the presiding judges as stating that the legislation discouraged “using sport merchandise that disturb public order.” They added that the legislation promoted the creation of a “sound gaming tradition” in South Korea.


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