KRAFTON and Com2uS under investigation due to allegations of item manipulation

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POWERFUL And Com2uSTwo of South Korea’s largest game developers are under the scrutiny of the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) due to suspicion of probability-based item manipulation and disclosure of false information in their games.

In line with growing concerns about the transparency of probability-based elements, the South Korean government introduced a new disclosure system in March this year, requiring all gaming companies to now publicly disclose the probability information of the relevant elements in the games.

The FTC believes that the companies in question misled customers about the likelihood of items

According to reports, on May 28, 2024, the Fair Trade Commission sent investigators to the headquarters of KRAFTON and Com2uS to seize materials related to the items based on probability analysis.

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According to this, the games in question are allegedly KRAFTON’s blockbusters Battle Royale PUBG and Com2uS’ Starseed: Asnia Trigger.

This is not the first time that a company has been scrutinized for product manipulation. Earlier this year Nexon was fined a whopping $8.9 million for tampering with in-game items in its popular games. MapleStory And Bubble FighterAfter the controversy, the game had to public announcement for game improvements.

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Now, moving on to the games in question, the FTC believes that these games from KRAFTON and Com2uS may have misled consumers about the likelihood of receiving certain items and thus engaged in item tampering that could be harmful to consumers. However, there is no confirmation of the exact details of the investigation. I will update this space as soon as we receive concrete information on the case.

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