Back in 2016, South Korea passed a law that made distributing cheats for video games illegal. Back in January, we learned that 13 Overwatch cheaters had been arrested following this law change, and now two of them have been officially sentenced.
As confirmed by Blizzard Korea, one offender was hit with a fine of 10 million South Korean Won, which works out to be just under $9300. The second offender had a different punishment, there is no monetary fine, but this person will have to serve two years on probation. If they violate the terms of their probation, they would be hit by a prison sentence.
The maximum penalty allowed under these new laws is five years of jail time, or the equivalent of a $40,000 fine. There will be more sentences to come too, as only two out of the 13 cheaters arrested have been handed a punishment.
This follows on from news last week, where 15 people in China were arrested for creating and selling cheats for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
KitGuru Says: We’ve seen more than a few game makers get tougher with cheaters over the last few years, with legal action becoming more consistent and expected.