South Korea wants to criminalize sexual harassment in video games

A legislator in South Korea says that sexual harassment in video games against women is continuously increasing.

A South Korean legislator is working on a bill that will criminalize sexual harassment in video games. Kim Sumin, who is a secretary of the National Assembly Women’s and Family Committee, wants to introduce this law to increase the awareness about the issue.

A South Korean website, Naver states that the bill has already been initiated. Speaking about the law, Kim cited Overwatch as an example.

She said, “Overwatch, a popular online game, is a multiplayer online battle arena game (MOBA) in which participants cooperate and play games. They usually use voice chat instead of text. In this game, sexual harassment over voice chat is rampant. ”

“However, the current law does not have explicit punishment for sexual harassment that occurs in online or non-workplace spaces. Therefore, it is often punished by defamation and defamation in criminal law. Therefore, there is little awareness that sexual harassment in online games is sexual crime”.

“Recently, the incidence of sexual harassment has expanded online, diversified, and the number of victims has been continuously increasing.”

In the past, Kim “Geguri” Seyeon, who is currently the only female player in the Overwatch league, opened up about sexual harassment she had faced in video games. She had said that to avoid that, she had considered using a software to disguise her voice.

South Korea already has strict laws when it comes to gaming.  Players need to link their Social Security Numbers to their Battle.net account while logging in from internet cafes. South Korean authorities have also arrested and jailed hackers in the past.  

What do you think about this proposed law? Should authorities extend their reach in the virtual world? Or is it necessary due to the insane amount of harassment and abuse females face online?

MN | Rudraaksh

MN | Rudraaksh

Rudraaksh is a dentist by trade but a gamer by heart. He’s written for adventure sports website and volunteered for a Germany based newsletter, but is currently taking the esports scene by storm.

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