The Korean government has actively supported the eSports industry for the last two decades, with a further five-year plan in place to support this industry further. However, the government has enacted legislation tailored to offer 'maximum benefits' to all stakeholders involved. Here are some key legislation directed towards the eSports gaming industry.
Youth Protection Act
Also known as the Cinderella or Shutdown Law, this 2011 law enacted in the South Korean government was set to control esports gaming in minors. In this law, Children under the age of sixteen are not allowed to access online games.
It is worth noting that the Shutdown Law primarily targeted online gaming and not traditional console and mobile gaming. Over the years, some players have devised ways to elude this law, including identity theft. And the fact that this law has proved difficult to enforce, Legal authorities, at times, opted to ban certain games.
Under this law, game developers that do not comply with this law risk fines of up to ₩10 million ($8,600) or a two-year jail term.
The constitutionality of this law has been contested in legal circles, with the focal point being that it infringes on the rights of young people. This law, though arguably, is often viewed to infringe on the general freedoms of parents and game providers to some degree.