Sony has suspended its PlayStation store in mainland China, saying it wanted to improve the security of the online store, in a move that temporarily stopped it from selling the game in the world’s largest video game market. Will give.

Play Station China announces closure Statement on that Weibo Sunday, saying it is a “system security upgrade” without giving further details.

It also did not state a reopening date.

However, on the heel of reports on social media, the closure came after mainstream PlayStation users were able to switch from backdoor to foreign services and bypassed China’s restrictions to download games without a license.

Sony It declined to comment on whether the reports played a role in the closure and said the temporary closure was aimed at increasing the security of the store’s services.

Contents regulator National Press and Publication Administration did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Earlier this month, a social media user on Weibo named “senliyingsi” said he had reported backdoor to officials in a previous post, which was later heavily criticized and shared by thousands of Chinese sports lovers .

A Reuters search found that some sellers were offering a ban on the PlayStation store in China for a fee of less than $ 5 (about Rs 370) on the e-commerce platform.

Both foreign and domestic companies have to get a license from the content regulator before starting any game in the country. China has voiced concern over console games for many years as violent games could have a detrimental effect on young people’s mental health.

Major console game makers to follow Nintendo And Sony set up online stores in mainland China for approved games, as they entered the market in 2015 and 2019 respectively.

But the number of games in these stores is limited.

Last year, only 13 new games were added PlayStation Store In china. Nintendo Switch Console sales in China have only been allowed to offer three games in its China store since the console started selling in December.

Given the tough rules, Chinese fans are finding ways to limit the skirt to reach popular but unlicensed games such as Nintendo Animal Crossing: New Horizons sport.

To play the game, users in China are paying a premium for switch consoles sold abroad and brought in by middlemen and digging up their accounts Tencent-Stamped ones that have a server lock.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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