Finally, mobile games available in Korea

Finally, mobile games available in Korea

New law preps smart phone users and apps experts for mobile game heaven
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Wired? That's Korea, with numerous cable channels devoted solely on online gaming.

There's good news for smart phone users who are sick of hopping back and forth between their Korean and overseas Apple accounts just to purchase a mobile game.

The Korea JoongAng Daily reported Tuesday that the new “open market” law, passed last March, is finally starting to create a buzz among big names in the business, including Samsung Electronics.

Korea has some 10 million smart phone users, but when it comes to mobile game services it might as well be a DVD shop in North Korea. 

This is mainly due to the strict government censorship that eventually decided Google and Apple get rid of their mobile game category from applications stores in Korea.

The restriction has been a nuisance for smart phone users, not to mention strange that the government should restrict such developments but still promote Korea as an IT powerhouse. 

This, however, is about to change with the open market law.

The local mobile game industry now needs to catch up on what it has been missing for the past couple of years.

Despite the slow start, industry experts, executives and smart phone users are not worried about falling behind. Korea is one of the most wired countries in the world and has numerous cable channels solely devoted to online gaming.

The country may be a couple of years behind, but the outlook is very promising. 


Rachel Sang-hee Han is a freelance writer for CNN Travel. 

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