Ragnarok Online And All Other Gravity Interactive Games Shutting Down In Europe May 25

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor April 26, 2018
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After 14 years of ranking up jobs and battling slimes, Ragnarok Online will be shutting down in Europe on May 25. And so will Ragnarok Online 2. And Dragon Saga. And Rose Online. And ... well, pretty much everything by Gravity Interactive on Steam -- and even games that aren't on Steam.

If May 25 sounds familiar to you, it's the exact date the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect in Europe, which rewrites the rulebook on how companies can acquire and use your personal data on the internet (summary here). While it's not mentioned explicitly in any of the announcements, there's zero question that Gravity Interactive's decision to close the company's games in Europe is related to this new statute.

Other game companies are dealing with the new regulations rather than going away entirely; it's unlikely that Blizzard will stop offering Hearthstone in Europe, for instance. Rather than comply with the new law, Gravity Interactive would apparently rather shut down its games. That could be a financial decision, that it wouldn't be worth the money it would take to change things so the company is in compliance, but it also makes you wonder what it's doing with people's personal information in other regions, ones that aren't covered by the GDPR.

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Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (3)

Tunkie 3 years ago
Access to U.S. Warpportal hosted games from European countries are being suspend/blocked. No server shutdowns are happening, not yet anyway. Yes the decision to wall off players from European countries is because of General Data Protection Regulation.

There is a European Ragnarok Online hosted in France.

Hans 3 years ago
That is not exactly true. They are banning the access for EU players to the US-Servers of WarpPortal. There are official EU servers that are run by a frenchcompany called WhyBe.

Curst 3 years ago
"The following European countries will be affected by the termination of service: All the European countries except for Russian Federation and the CIS countries."
It's the first time I see EU countries banned while RU+CIS get to keep playing. Almost feels good. Too bad the end-result will be the same as we'll be left with a game virtually no one plays.
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Oh, whatever... Internet in Russia has been messed up for 10 days now thanks to our gov., and there's no end to it in sight. Aaand it doesn't feel good in the slightest anymore. Can't even gloat about EU service being terminated. -_-


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