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South Korea is getting rid of its controversial gaming curfew law

South Korea is abolishing its controversial law that placed a gaming curfew on young people.

The Shutdown Law, also known as the Cinderella Law, was introduced in 2011 as a way to try and prevent kids and teenagers from playing games with their mates until the wee hours of the morning. It meant that by law, anybody under the age of 16 couldn’t play online games between 12 AM and 6 AM.

It’s been controversial in the country since its introduction, with some feeling as though the curfew undermined how gaming can be a useful tool for some youngsters. It also caused a pretty huge headache for Microsoft recently when Minecraft unintentionally became an adults-only game because of the introduction of Xbox Live integration, which South Koreans had to be at least 19 years old to have.

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The incident kicked off a petition to abolish the Shutdown Law, which was subsequently signed by over 100,000 people. It’s not clear if this petition had any sway, but the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family have decided to scrap the law this week to “respect the rights of youths” (thanks, Korea Herald).

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