It will not be long before games will be included in culture and art in South Korea. An Amendment to the law is in the process of being passed.
Culture, Sports and Tourism Committee from The National Assembly held the 3rd plenary session of the 399th National Assembly on the 25th AUG and approved 22 amendments.
Among them, a partial amendment to the Culture and Arts Promotion Act, proposed by Congressman Cho Seung-rae, was also approved, and games have been added to the definition of culture and art under the Culture and Arts Promotion Act.
In addition, including animation and musicals as cultural arts was also included in that amendment. Accordingly, games, animations, and musicals have been added to culture and art at once.
In 2020, Congressman Cho Seung-rae said, “Games are a fusion of various genres such as video, art, novel, and music. Already, developed countries are paying attention to games as a new genre that will lead the cultural and artistic paradigm of the 21st century. Nevertheless, due to the long-standing negative perception of games, games are being treated only as objects of regulation.”
When games are added to culture and art, they are protected by law, and game industry workers can be recognized as artists. You can also receive support from the state using the Culture and Arts Fund.
This amendment will be reviewed by the Legislative and Judiciary Committee and the plenary session in the future. The plenary session will be held on August 30th. This amendment is expected to pass.
Congressman Cho Seung-rae said, “Games are one of the most important fields in the development of the Korean content industry. However, as it was not legally included in the arts and culture, it was not treated equally with other arts and culture. With the passage of this amendment, we expect that negative perceptions about games will be improved and the way to support the game industry will be further expanded.”
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