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Sony Shuts PSN Down Overnights for Underage Korean Gamers

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162w ago - Today Sony Computer Entertainment of Korea (SCEK) has [Register or Login to view links] that PSN will be shutdown overnights for underage Korean gamers in an effort to comply South Korea's Shutdown Law and prevent players under sixteen from gaming during the six hour block.

To quote from Kotaku (linked above): "The law is designed to limit Korean youth's late night gaming as well as online game addiction. It also aims to ensure Korean youth get six hours of sleep each night, with online gaming banned between midnight and 6am.

Starting Nov. 18, Sony will not allow players under the age of sixteen to make new PSN accounts in South Korea as well as prevent them from logging onto the PSN.

Both Sony and Microsoft are saying it is difficult to develop and implement shutdown systems for under-sixteen players in such a short window of time. Sony cannot say when it will have a system up and running, and it will announce how it will handle the PS Vita at a later date.

The Sony shutdown system would allow under 16-year-old players to log in during the day, but prevent them from playing between midnight and 6am. It would also prevent them from making new accounts, meaning that Sony of Korea would probably be monitoring the accounts by IP addresses.

While PSN users must enter their age and birthday when making an account, Microsoft of Korea apparently doesn't collect age data for all players, complicating enforcement. Thus, Microsoft is actually considering shutting down Xbox Live for all players, regardless of age, during the designated shutdown block.

Nintendo of Korea has yet to reveal how it will deal with enforcing the Shutdown Law."

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#18 - Neo Cyrus - 162w ago
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Governments and companies shouldn't have to supplement for bad parents. It sounds like Sony just bent over and took it.

#17 - Bartholomy - 162w ago
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Maybe you have no idea what videogames are for koreans young players. It's a faith, like manga for japan.

Don't be so surprised if they are trying to help those guys to not be sick at school, and exhausted, playing an entire night, instead of sleep ready for the next day doing something profitable

#16 - elser1 - 162w ago
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absolutely ridiculous.. i've never heard anything so stupid.. log in with a fake age account, nanny state.. LOL

did sth korean govert "force" sony to do this.. buy not allowing there products to be sold in that country or something, i can't see sony doing something for the good of humanity if they lose money over it.. LOL

#15 - Bartholomy - 162w ago
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That's absolutely true. Korea rule about it. Wondering when this kind of method will be used worldwide

Over all, a way of play will always be possible, either from korea, just using an american account. Only way to fix it, is reading the user ip. If ip is korean, no PSN access , either using an american account

#14 - CS67700 - 162w ago
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Actually i don't know about PSN in Korea, never created a Korean PSN account.

But i do know that usually Korea uses that method for every online service.


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