Korean Rating Board GRAC found guilty of embezzlement… Thanks to Blue Archive players

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The South Korean game rating board known as the Game Rating and Administration Committee (GRAC) has been found guilty of embezzlement after an audit by the South Korean government (via Insight Korea).

For a surprise twist, this all came about due to the efforts of fans of the gacha title, Blue Archive, after the game’s rating was raised to 18+ late last year. Over 5,000 signed a petition for what they viewed as an unfair rating for the game.

What ensued after this would uncover an embezzlement scheme where funds were directed from their original use for rating games to that of mining bitcoin while lying about the progress of their actual work.

Democratic Party lawmaker Lee Sang-heon was the politician who led the charge alongside the over 5,000 fans of Blue Archive who signed the petition asking for the investigation into the GRAC. He wrote on the matter in his blog.

“The Game Management Committee, which is consistent with conservative game censorship and regulation, was festering and rotting inside the institution,” Said Sang-heon. “Once again, I would like to express my deep gratitude to the 5,489 users who took their valuable time and stepped up to the National Assembly to reveal the misconduct.”

“This audit is not the end of corruption, but the beginning of change,” He continued on. “As a member of the Culture and Sports Commission, I will also watch over the Commission to be reborn as a sound and fair public institution specializing in game products.”

This has turned into a twist that most likely didn’t see coming after Blue Archive’s launch. Fortunately for the developer, one that does nothing to negatively impact views on them or the game.

In case you missed it, you can check out our review for Blue Archive here! (as far as mobile games go, we still recommend it!) If you’re interested in the game, you can also check out our most recent banner guide here.



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