Mobile Game Regulation in South Korea

A Case Study of the Shutdown Law

Yoonmo SANG, Sora PARK, Hogeun Seo

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Abstract

This study critically examines the regulatory framework and the socio-cultural implications of South Korea’s Shutdown Law that was enacted in 2011. The Shutdown Law prohibits online game companies from providing services to youth under the age of 16 between midnight and 6 a.m. Controversy surrounding the constitutionality and effectiveness of the law has continued, and the Korean government has considered applying the same regulatory measure to mobile games. This study employs Lessig’s (Code: Version 2.0. Basic Books, New York, 2006) four modalities of regulation to critically evaluate the regulatory framework and the socio-cultural implications of the Shutdown Law. Through the analysis this study presents broader policy implications with regard to mobile game regulation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobile Gaming in Asia
Subtitle of host publicationPolitics, Culture and Emerging Technologies
EditorsDal Yong Jin
Place of PublicationDordrecht, Netherlands
PublisherSpringer
Chapter4
Pages55-72
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9789402408263
ISBN (Print)9789402408249
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameMobile Communication in Asia: Local Insights, Global Implications
PublisherSpringer

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SANG, Y., PARK, S., & Seo, H. (2017). Mobile Game Regulation in South Korea: A Case Study of the Shutdown Law. In D. Y. Jin (Ed.), Mobile Gaming in Asia: Politics, Culture and Emerging Technologies (pp. 55-72). (Mobile Communication in Asia: Local Insights, Global Implications). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-0826-3_4