PlayStation 3 owners in South Korea will no longer be able to download online content, packages, or games on June 29th, as a new law has forced Sony to remove the PlayStation Store from the entire region until further notice.
Gamasutra reports that South Korea’s new “Game Industry Promotion Act” has effectively suspended the service, as the law states that no gaming company can ask a consumer under 18 their name and age for account authentication. Since SCEK does not have the time to overhaul the format of the PlayStation Store to suit the South Korean government’s regulations, it’s simply going dark.
Portable systems that use the PlayStation Network like the PSP, PlayStation Vita, and Sony’s other mobile hardware won’t be affected when the law goes into effect on July 1st.
South Korea’s government has been making other strides in gaming industry regulation lately, banning the sale and trade of virtual items and investigating large companies like Blizzard and Nexon. As noted by many analysts and financial reports, South Korea arguably hosts the biggest online gaming market in the world.