South Korea’s Game Score and Administration Committee (GRAC) graces our information pages lots. A weird quantity, really, and it is as a result of it is perhaps the leakiest organisation of its kind on the planet. Within the final month alone, the company’s ranking course of has inadvertently revealed the existence of a Quake 2 Remaster and given numerous individuals hope that one thing, something is perhaps taking place to free Pink Lifeless Redemption 1 from its Xbox 360 and PS3 jail. 

However now it is made the information for a really completely different motive: (through Area of interest Gamer) reviews that the company is being taken to job over a corruption scandal that is apparently seen lots of of thousands and thousands of gained in taxpayers cash go lacking, and it is solely taking place as a result of the GRAC made the error of angering a legion of anime game followers.

Issues kicked off final October, when the GRAC made the fateful determination to ratchet up the age ranking on Blue Archive—a cellular, gacha-style anime RPG from Nexon—from 15 to 18. The presence of Blue Archive characters in a state of undress was, apparently, an excessive amount of for the GRAC, which advised Nexon to both increase its game’s age restrict or alter the offending scenes.

Nexon selected to do each, elevating the usual game’s age ranking to 18 and asserting {that a} new, extra modest model of the game that maintained its 15 ranking would come out in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later. That did not mollify the game’s followers, although: 5,489 of them—spearheaded by Korean Democratic celebration lawmaker Lee Sang-heon—signed a petition in protest, calling for a public audit of the GRAC’s work and use of assets.

That audit really occurred, and it revealed its outcomes on the finish of June this 12 months, with the South Korean Ministry of Tradition, Sports activities and Tourism discovering that the GRAC had apparently mislaid about 700 million Korean gained (round half 1,000,000 {dollars}) of taxpayers’ cash. Korean media outlet MBC Information reviews (the next is machine-translated) “the Game Fee had dedicated structural misconduct, reminiscent of making funds earlier than finishing duties or creating false information within the means of selling a service venture”. In different phrases, it appears like cash earmarked for sure initiatives mysteriously went walkabout.

Different Korean media reviews the misconduct passed off in the middle of the GRAC’s promotion of initiatives just like the “Self-Score Game Built-in Administration System” and “Self-Score Game Blockchain Joint Certification Idea Verification Service,” which is truthfully the precise form of venture you’d count on to be related to this type of factor.

PocketGamer additionally reviews allegations that a few of the cash was diverted on to Bitcoin mining, though it is most likely the case that is a misunderstanding born of the “Self-Score Game Blockchain” venture tied to the scandal.

The Ministry does not appear to assume it is simply an sincere mistake, both: It is introduced its intention to overtake the whole company, changing its numerous division heads and submitting felony prices, together with towards a minimum of one particular person “in cost” as a part of the scandal. The Ministry additionally hopes to get better the lacking money as damages. At the least three departmental heads have already resigned in shame over the entire affair.

Lee Sang-heon, the lawmaker who made himself the political face of the Blue Archive petition, is taking a little bit of a victory lap. Over on his weblog, he mentioned that (once more, machine-translated) “the allegations of misconduct raised by the councilor’s workplace turned out to be true. The Game Administration Committee has been according to conservative game censorship and regulation, [but] the truth is, the within of the organ was festering and rotting”.

“The ensuing injury needed to be totally borne by the game person,” mentioned Lee. “Fortuitously, the substantive reality that had been hidden was revealed on this audit by the Board of Audit and Inspection. If it weren’t for the 5,489 customers who have been with us, it was a suspicion that might have sunk under the floor”.