Microsoft cuts off mobile-app store for South Korean youth

12/27/2012 | ITWorld.com

A sign-in technicality combined with a South Korean law regulating online gaming by minors has forced Microsoft to shutter its mobile-application store for those younger than 18 years old. The government is trying to prevent gaming addiction among youth by restricting gaming hours, but sign-ins serving Xbox Live and the Windows app store made time restrictions unwieldy. Jinho Song, a Microsoft interactive entertainment business director, says the law requires an age-verification system. Sony earlier closed its PlayStation Network in South Korea over the same issues.

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