PC Bang: A Guide to Korean Internet Cafes
Showcasing revenues of 14.3 trillion KRW in 2018, gaming in South Korea has been maintaining a strong presence for more than 20 years. A unique gaming culture was initially formed through so-called PC bangs, meaning ‘PC rooms’ in Korean. Cheap, full of high-end equipment, PC bangs were designed to provide a stable Internet connection and an array of multiplayer games to play. From the 1990s till 2020, the number of PC bangs in Korea ranged from 12,000 to almost 20,000 venues.