Will be back 'this year'...
Seems that Sony has been forced to take the Korean PlayStation Store offline *temporarily* due to new laws in the region.
It looks like, in South Korea, the new "Game Industry Promotion Act" dictate that persons under the age of 18 must not be asked to submit their real name or age.
As the PSN Store requires this, the Korean PS Store, will face a long-term suspension.
The PS Vita, PSP and other portable devices that use the PSN Store "will not be affected".The new law, due to take affect on July 1, states that persons under the age of 18 cannot be asked for their real name or age as part of account authentication, as the PSN Store requires. SCEK does not have enough time to alter the service before July 1, and so is taking the entire store down until it has complied with the law.
During the outage, Sony says the purchase of new content, download, and online game registration will be impossible. While it aims to resume service sometime this year, it does not know when that will be.
So, nope, there's no ETA on when it will be back other than this year. At least people in there can still play games Online?
NEWS SOURCE: Sony forced to suspend PlayStation Store in Korea following new laws (via) Gamasutra
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