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Sony has suspended the PlayStation Store in mainland China to upgrade security

Sony has temporarily suspended the PlayStation Store in mainland China so it can implement security updates.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

May 11, 2020

1 Min Read

Sony has temporarily suspended the PlayStation Store in mainland China so it can implement security updates. 

As reported by Reuters, a company statement posted on Chinese messaging platform Weibo explains the digital marketplace has been shut down to allow for a "system security upgrade."

Sony didn't specify when users in the country should expect the storefront to re-open, leaving would-be shoppers in the dark while also restricting its own access to one of the world's largest video game markets. 

The closure follows reports on social media that PlayStation owners in mainland China had been accessing previously restricted services using a backdoor, which also allowed some users to download unlicensed games.

Although Sony has yet to comment on those rumblings, it wouldn't be the first time China's notoriously strict regulations have impacted one of the industry's biggest players.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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