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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