Da Nang police are investigating an illegal online game operation after arresting four Koreans Tuesday along with 19 Vietnamese they had hired to play a game to upgrade other accounts from South Korea.
A Saturday report by news website Dan Tri said the operation was registered as an Taran information technology company focusing mainly on software production and programming.
But the 19 Vietnamese employees had the sole job, day and night, of playing the online game Lineage1, a medieval fantasy. This is a multiplayer online role-playing game released in 1998 by the South Korean computer game developer NCsoft.
One of the employees, Nguyen Minh Nhat, 24, who has been with the operation since November 2011, was appointed the company director, listed in the registration papers and represented the company to sign contracts.
The South Koreans arrived on tourist visas and were not allowed to run business in Vietnam, so they used Nhat as a figurehead. All decisions were made by Kang Buseok, one of the four Koreans, police said.
They seized 15 desktops, two laptops and an Ipad used to play the game. The players were supposed to upgrade the accounts they were using to a certain level in a given period of time.
They will get paid if the owners of the accounts in South Korea feel satisfied and transfer money to the Koreans in Vietnam.
The Vietnamese workers were given salaries of between VND2.5 and 3.5 million (US$120-168) a month for working 12 hours a day.
Some game addicts volunteered to work all day and night, police said, adding that most of the employees looked tired.
Investigations found the operation had started in Ho Chi Minh City, but moved to the central region's hub to avoid authorities' attention.
Police are investigation the case further.
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