South Korean law prevents under 16s from online gaming at night

Under a new law, gamers under 16 years of age in South Korea will be unable to play online games at night.

Sony Computer Entertainment of Korea today announced that it would be taking the PlayStation Network offline in compliance with “The Shutdown Law.”

The law, which bans gaming between midnight and 6am, was designed to limit Korean youth’s late night gaming and online addiction. It will also ensure children and teenagers are getting their six hours of sleep each night.

Microsoft of Korea will also be taking precautions, though as Microsoft don’t collect age data for all players, they’ve considered shutting down Xbox Live for all players, regardless of age.

The law is set to come into place from the 18th November. “The Shutdown Law” does not impact offline gaming.

(Via Kotaku)

David Wriglesworth

David Wriglesworth is a Northern lad with a passion for gaming, who graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA (Hons) Journalism degree. If you can drag him away from the consoles, you can probably find him Tweeting or watching Coronation Street.

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