Minecraft recently posted on its website that South Korean gamers face an age limit to purchase Minecraft Java Edition, the original version of the game developed by Mojang Studios, which was purchased by Microsoft in 2014.
âFor players in South Korea, you must be 19 or older to purchase and play the Java Edition of Minecraft,â reads the game’s website, which is rated for ages 12 or older in the country.
The move comes after the US tech giant recently began migrating user accounts from the Java edition of the sandbox game to Microsoft accounts around the world to improve game security and demanded that new Buyers of the version have a Microsoft account.
The process has led to complications in South Korea, as only adults can register for Microsoft accounts, reports the Yonhap news agency.
South Korean law prohibits those under 16 from playing PC video games from midnight to 6 a.m., forcing video game operators to implement additional measures to follow the rules, commonly known as “Cinderella Law” or “Stop Law” because children must log out of PC games before midnight.
While most video game companies use a rule-abiding system for children, Microsoft has apparently ignored the measures since 2012 and instead asked their account users to verify that they were 19 or older.
The latest move effectively created an age limit for the game, which has sold 200 million copies worldwide since its launch in 2011 and is very popular among children.
While existing Minecraft players have yet to run into any issues, issues will likely emerge once Microsoft’s account migration picks up speed.
“We are working on a longer term solution for existing and new players under the age of 19 in South Korea and we will have more to share on that later this year,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. communicated.
The move angered South Korean Minecraft players who blame the country’s “Cinderella Law”.
The law, first enacted in 2011 to limit nighttime play and help prevent gambling addiction in children, has sparked controversy over the years.