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Korea's Online Gaming Empire

Dal Yong Jin


In South Korea, online gaming is a cultural phenomenon. Games are broadcast on television, professional gamers are celebrities, and youth culture is often identified with online gaming. Uniquely in the online games market, Korea not only dominates the local market but has also made its mark globally. This book examines the rapid growth of this industry from a political economy perspective, discussing it in social, cultural, and economic terms. Korea has the largest percentage of broadband subscribers of any country in the world, and Koreans spend increasing amounts of time and money on Interne ... More

Keywords: South Korea, online gaming, professional gamers, celebrities, youth culture, online games market, political economy, broadband, Internet-based games, socializing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014762
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014762.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dal Yong Jin, author