Onmyoji: Online Game vs State Sovereignty
One of the RPG games from NetEase, Onmyoji, can’t be played in Vietnam anymore. The Vietnamese government closed the game server in their country for violating the country’s sovereignty law.
The server closure started when NetEase provided the latest update. In the latest map update, there is a “nine-dash line”. nine-dash line itself is a term used by the Chinese government to claim the southern China sea area in the past. The term was famous before the Second World War took place.
The Southern China Sea itself is a territory adjacent to China, Vietnam and the Philippines. So it becomes a serious debate about the owner of the ocean after the end of the second world war.
With the closure of the Vietnamese server, the Onmyoji game darkens even more. Previously this had also closed its Thailand server. Players from other countries are now increasingly criticizing the attitude of NetEase as the game developer that connects the country’s problems into the game. It seems like this game will be increasingly abandoned by its players because of these problems.
In addition, Garena also received impacts from the incident. Because Garena is a game publisher in Vietnam. Many Vietnamese players also blame the problem on Garena. Although Garena Vietnam quickly took action by closing the game and notifying about the problem that occurred.