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South Korea reclassifies age rating in games; Nexon’s Blue Archive and Netmarble’s FGO are among the first ones in the controversy

The latest government regulations have increased the minimum age limit to 18 years!

The South Korean government has taken a massive step in regulating the age limits for two popular mobile games. The government of South Korea has reclassified the age rating for Blue Archive by Nexon and Fate/Grand Order by Netmarble. The games had an official age rating of 15 years but according to the latest government regulation the games will have an age rating of 18 years

Blue Archive is a tactical RPG game where the player will have to take on the role of a teacher in the academy city Kivotos. The player will be then tasked with checking the criminal activities in the region which have increased since the disappearance of the president of the General Student Council. While Fate/Grand Order (FGO) is a free-to-play mobile game that features turn-based combat and is based on the Fate/Stay night franchise.

Both games are reclassified with an age rating of 18 years due to sexual and erotic content

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The reclassification of the game was done earlier this month by the National Audit of the Culture, Sports, and Tourism Committee. While presiding over the committee on October 13, 2022, a prominent member of the Democratic Party, Lee Sang-Heon addressed the controversy surrounding the games. Kim Gyu-Cheol, the chairman of the National Audit of the Culture, Sports, and Tourism Committee affirmed that the controversy regarding the game is a unique situation.”

The controversy started when the age ratings of the games suddenly changed from 15 years to 18 years. Many users objected to this decision because the games have been available as 15-year rated games, since their release. Previously, Blue Archive ran into controversy for featuring a naked anime child.

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Although, it is very hard to classify a gacha game according to an age category because they include various themes according to the quests. The open-world aspect also leads to the inclusion of storylines that may have violent or sexual content. However, it looks like the government in South Korea has reclassified the age rating regulations mainly due to the sexual content in the games. 

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