Hey R/DotA2. I'm an American in S. Korea and even though they're adding server clusters, only Korean citizens can play the game because of Nexon's New User Policy ("no foreigners allowed"). I've been trying to email Valve about this issue but I think I need help getting them to listen. (self.DotA2)
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I want to be able to play on this <10ms South Korean internet, but Nexon has a "fuck foreigners" policy when it comes to all of the games that they license/franchise, including DotA2.
Take for example League of Legends: a South Korean company licensed the entire game and it's intellectual rights so that they could have their game servers (and client) completely independent of the main Riot Games' version of the game. They mirror all of the changes that Riot Games makes with a week or so lag to translate everything into Korean and whatnot, but that's why you don't see "Korea" or "한글" in the server and language choices. It's because they're both on a completely separate client and server cluster.
In fact, every game that becomes licensed and whatnot to South Korea does it this way. The game companies just basically copy/paste and "Koreanize" their game or whatever you want to call it, then allow only Korean citizens (people with the 주민 SSN) and prevent non-Koreans (people with the 외국인 SSN) and people who don't even have an SSN in general from playing or participating in their games.
Nexon, yes, is one of the biggest game companies in Korea, probably on the scale of Valve or EA or whatever relatively speaking... but they have a very bad policy when it comes to foreigners. Even though I have a 외국인 SSN in this country I cannot even make an account on their website! (Oh, they'll let me register the account, but when it comes to the next step like on all sites: verifying the SSN, they say "nope! sorry but foreigners are not allowed to play games on Nexon")
This means no Kart Rider, no Maple Story, and pretty soon... no DotA 2.
>But... I heard that Korea had a law or something overturned so you don't have to check your Korean SSN anymore!
The're not doing away with the SSN thing. The Supreme Court judgment here only prevented the companies from directly asking for your Korean SSN. The companies now just use your iPin (a government organization that verifies online identities via Korean SSN instead of giving it to them directly) to verify your identity (in this case, as with many of the game companies like Nexon, Blizzard for SC2, whoever owns the LoL franchise here - but not Pmang for some weird reason), which was always an alternative to using your Korean SSN anyway.
So that law overturning or whatever didn't change anything at all here.
>Why not just play on the other regular DotA2 servers then? Fuck the Korean servers...
This is why (hint: when in korea, going to Korean sites is fast as fuck... but the second you try to connect to anything outside of korea... even if it's just across the sea over in China or Japan... NOPE!)
312 comments submitted at 02:29:15 on Mar 15, 2013 by tagus