A new South Korean law could put online game hackers and cheaters in jail

The gaming industry has given us many things — hours of joy, challenging obstacles and the satisfaction of achieving something far greater than ourselves.

So to have all of that trampled on by some gladiator-ranked, PvP scamming, botting cheater in any number of games, is particularly frustrating — especially when the game creators themselves seem to be handling these cases with a light touch.

Well it looks like the tides be turning because South Korea is cracking down hardcore on cheating in online games by criminalizing the creation and distribution of aimbots, scripters, wall hacks, and anything else not allowed by a game’s terms of service.

To demonstrate just how much they aren’t kidding around, those who get caught creating and distributing these hacks could face up to five years in prison or US$43,000 in fines.

Given the huge and lucrative e-sports industry in South Korea, and the rampant hacking that proliferates games such as Overwatch and World of Warcraft, game makers like Valve, Blizzard, and Riot will undoubtedly welcome the new law as a more solid weapon to wield in their fight against cheaters.

How often or strictly this new law will be enforced remains to be seen, but in the meantime, best wipe your hard drives of any evidence and get back to grinding.


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