South Korea is going to start letting parents decide when their kids can game.
In a move to combat online game addiction, the country’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has, of July 1st, implemented a system that prevents children under the age of 18 from playing games during a period that their parents or legal representatives set.
Over 100 game titles will be added to this banlist, and some notable games included are League of Legends, Aion and StarCraft 2. The banlist is part of a new and complicated law in Korea against online gaming addiction.
Games in the ‘Selection System of Game Availability Period’ are online titles, and must be made by companies that have over 300 employees and make more than US$27 million in annual revenues. Games like Diablo 3 and Blade&Soul aren’t included in the banlist, as only players aged 18 and over can play those titles in South Korea anyway.
We’ll probably start seeing other countries overtake the South Koreans in StarCraft 2 soon, then.