Sony has canceled its PlayStation Store in mainland China saying it wanted to enhance the online store’s security, in a transfer that can briefly prevent it from selling video games in the world’s largest online game market.
PlayStation China introduced the closure in a press release on its Weibo account Sunday, saying it was for a system security upgrade without offering further particulars.
The closure, nonetheless, comes on the heels of reports on social media that mainland PlayStation customers have been able to switch to overseas companies via a backdoor and circumvent China’s restrictions to download unlicensed video games.
Sony refused to comment on whether the reviews had played a role in the closure and stated the target of the temporary shutdown was to boost the safety of the store’s services.
National Press and Publication Administration, the content material regulator, didn’t instantly respond to a request for remark.
In the first week of May, a social media person on Weibo named senliyingsi said he had reported the backdoor to authorities in a publish that was later closely criticized and shared by thousands of Chinese game fanatics.
A Reuters search found some distributors were offering to crack the restrictions on PlayStation Store in China for a fee of less than $5 on e-commerce platforms.