If you make hack tools in South Korea, things could get a lot harder for you. The country’s government has passed an amendment to a law, in the hopes of promoting the burgeoning gaming scene. Because of this change, manufacturing and distributing programs that aren’t endorsed by the developer, or allowed by the Terms of Service, is considered illegal.
In a report from PVP Live, these changes could have very real consequences on offenders. If you break the law you could face five years of jail time, or as much as a $43,000 USD fine.
These changes come after Overwatch – Blizzard’s competitive, team-based shooter – took South Korea by storm. Hacking of that particular game is said to be rampant in the country. These changes also mean that developers like Blizzard can be more direct in their legal attacks, without resorting to things like copyright violations.
As Game Informer points out, these legal repercussions may also have positive effects on players around the world, especially in the case of Korean cheaters using VPNs to play on other servers.