KRAFTON and Com2uS are under investigation due to allegations of item manipulation

Two more companies in question!

KRAFTON and Com2uS, two of South Korea’s biggest game developers are under the investigating eyes of the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) following suspicions of probability-based item manipulation and false information disclosure in their games.

In line with growing concerns over the transparency of probability-based items, the South Korean government implemented a new disclosure system this March. It mandated that all the game companies would now have to publicly announce the probability information of the said items in the games.

The FTC believes the companies in question misled customers on item probability

As per the reports, the Fair Trade Commission on May 28th, 2024, sent investigators into the headquarters of KRAFTON and Com2uS to secure materials regarding items based on probability.

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According to the same, the games in question reportedly include KRAFTON’s blockbuster battle royale PUBG and Com2uS’ Starseed: Asnia Trigger.

This is not the first time that a company has been under scrutiny for the reason of item manipulation. Earlier this year, Nexon was hit with a whopping $8.9 Million fine for manipulation of about in-game items in its popular games, MapleStory and Bubble Fighter. Following the controversy, the game had to drop a public announcement for game improvements.

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Coming to the ones in question now, the FTC believes these games from KRAFTON and Com2uS may have misled consumers about the probability of getting certain items and thus involved in item manipulation which could be harmful to consumers. However, there is no confirmation of the detailed specifics of the investigation. I will be updating this space once we get concrete info on the case.

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