Lee Dong-seop, a member of the South Korea’s National Assembly, turned heads Friday during a state affairs audit for the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism by pulling out a golden frying pan in reference to PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) while discussing the country’s gaming industry, according to a report from WIKITREE’s Kim Won-sang.
On the topic of how to promote the Korean gaming industry, Lee suddenly raised a frying pan that was spray painted gold above his head, asking if anyone else in the audit knew the significance of what he was holding. Lee was referencing the golden frying pans that were given out as trophies the PUBG invitational at Gamescom this year in Cologne, Germany. In the game, the frying pan is an iconic melee weapon or defensive helmet depending on how players wish to use it, and the item has become synonymous with the game.
Lee went onto urge the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism to create the kind of “fertile environment” so that a second and third PUBG could come forth from Korea. PUBG was made by South Korean developer Bluehole and has continued to grow in popularity, reaching the 2 million concurrent players mark on Steam last week. The game has sold more than 15 million copies around the world.