Due to a new law going into effect in South Korea on July 1st, Sony will need to take down the PlayStation Store to comply. The new law is called the “Game Industry Promotion Act” which makes it illegal for online services to ask someone who is under the age of 18 to verify their account with their real name and age. Now Sony will eventually bring the store back online in South Korea after they come into compliance with the new law. Sony will continue service in the area later in the year with no promised dates on when that will happen.
This outage only affects the PlayStation store for PlayStation 3 owners and not those owners of the PSP and PS Vita. Again, this will only affect the store and not online multiplayer gaming. We will bring you more on this when we have it.