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Dal Yong Jin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014762

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014762.001.0001

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Political Economy of the Korean Online Game Industry

Political Economy of the Korean Online Game Industry

(p.35) 3 Political Economy of the Korean Online Game Industry
Korea's Online Gaming Empire

Dal Yong Jin

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the ownership patterns, market structure, and financing of the Korean online game industry. It maps out the forces driving its development by examining government policies and competition among online game companies. In particular, it addresses the major role that the government has played in the development of IT, which includes the online game sector. Finally, the chapter provides a historical account of how the online game industry contributed to the diffusion of online games in the socioeconomic milieu specific to Korea. It also sheds light on current debates of neoliberal transformation in the global video game industry and its culture.

Keywords:   online games, gaming industry, IT policy, government policy, online game companies, video game industry

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