Sony will be forced to take down the PlayStation Network Store in South Korea thanks to the country’s new “Games Industry Promotion Act”. Clearly the act doesn’t actually do what its name implies.
One aspect of the act is a new South Korean requirement: no online gaming service is allowed to ask for minors’ (people under the age of 18) real names during account creation. Anyone with a PSN account knows that inputting your first name and surname is a requirement. The “Games Industry Promotion Act” comes into play on 01 July this year. Sony won’t have enough time to alter the PSN account creation requirements, so they’ve decided to shut down the PSN Store until they can alter their systems to comply with this new law.
What this means is that nobody in South Korea will be able to download PSN games or add-on content. Furthermore, online game registration (like activating certain games for multiplayer purposes) will be impossible.
Sony makes no mention of how long this might take, but you can bet they’ll be working their butts off in response to all the money they’re about to lose. Oddly enough, the PSN Store outage only affects the PlayStation 3; the PSN Store will still be live on the PSP and PSV.
South Korea is seriously into gaming. As a result, their government occasionally adds new laws in order to regulate their gaming industry. Just last year they implemented the Shutdown Law, which pretty much switches off online gaming between midnight and 6AM for people under the age of 16.
You see? There are some advantages to living in a country that has leaders who are more concerned with paintings and e-tolling than regulating video games.