|According to Gamblink News, the government of South Korea has reserved an “unprecedented $14 million” earmarked to aid the development and further growth of its “flourishing online gaming industry.” |
South Korea is already a world leader in the use of broadband technology. The government is committed to “healthy investments” in broadband development, aiming to train those who would develop the further use of broadband and generally further support the industry overall. Government plans include making funds available to promote regulations, as well as respond to the addictive side-effects of I-gaming experienced by some people. These side-effects are being studied just as Korea’s Internet use becomes more and more popular.
In a 2002 survey NetValue, the Internet measurement company, found that 65% of all Internet users they surveyed visited Net gaming in any given month. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Information and Communication said: “The ministry is seeking to develop the game industry as one of the nation's top strategic industries.”