PSA: PSN Store Shutting Down In Korea Indefinitely
If you’re currently living in Korea and you absolutely positively have to use the PSN store in order to be happy, you’re going to be very unhappy for several months to come. Starting June 29th, the Playstation Network is going offline in South Korea indefinitely.
The reason is the passage of a new law, taking effect on July 1, that prevents gamers younger than 16 from accessing online games at night time. The previous incarnation of the law only affected PC games. Beginning July 1 it will expand to include online services offered on consoles as well. Sony is claiming that maintenance required to comply with the new law – namely, being unavailable to gamers younger than 16 during the proscribed time period – will impact the entire store, so they’re disabling it completely. They have not indicated when they might return, which means no PSN in South Korea for the foreseeable future.
Incidentally, I have to wonder whether or not they’re just pitching a fit to make a point. Surely it can’t be that difficult to add restrictions to the accounts of underage customers, can it? On the other hand, at least they’re not covering up a massive breach of user accounts this time.
Care to speculate in comments?