Sony Takes Down PlayStation Store In Korea Following New Law

A new law in South Korea called the “Game Industry Promotion Act” has made it illegal to ask someone who is under 18 to verify their account using age and real name. This applies to all online services. The new law goes into effect on July 1st but Sony has already announced the take down of the PSN Store beginning on June 29th.

Online gameplay and the store for PSP and Vita will remain operational. The parts that make it necessary for Sony to take down the PS3 component are: purchases of new content, online game registration, and downloading.

Sony Computer Entertainment Korea has said that they do not have enough time to alter the PS3’s PSN Store in time for the July 1st deadline. It hopes to get the store back up and running while adhering to the new law sometime this year.