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Hacking and hackers have always been a major problem in many games over the years – but lately it seems that teams and players are much more nonchalant about it, bringing it into the pro scene too. However, South Korea and Blizzard are on the hunt and looking to crackdown at the source.

Just recently we witnessed a team get disqualified from The International 2018 for utilizing scripts to further their progress and get ahead. There have also been a huge number of cases of hackers in Fortnite – including one big ongoing lawsuit by EPIC against a 14-year-old for the same reason. Over the years we’ve seen CS:GO professionals banned for using aimbots, Overwatch players banned for boosting and you’ve probably all been on the wrong end of hackers in some game you’ve played. But now, it has come to a point where the makers of the hack and those around it stand to earn a lot of money selling their product online and this hinders the gaming industry which is why these people are set to face time behind bars.

One such hack creator in South Korea created a hack for Blizzard’s massive Overwatch title and collected vast amounts of money selling this program. However, Blizzard have teamed up with the Seoul National Police Agency’s Cyber Security wing and worked to catch such creators. In short, they were able to track down and arrest 13 hackers and match-fixers earlier this year and the most recent court sentence is causing a stir.

One of these hack creators has been handed down a prison sentence of one year with two years’ probation beyond this. The lengthy sentence along with prison time was due to the near $200,000 earned by the hacker via selling his product over the internet – which violated the  Game Industry Promotion Law and Information and Communication Technology Protection Law. A change in the South Korean laws last year ensured that boosters, match-fixers and hack creators would see a much harsher punishment across all games, with companies such as RIOT Gaming and Blizzard being at the forefront of the charge.  Earlier this year 2 other hackers were also hit with fairly harsh sentences including fines of up to $10,000.

I feel that this punishment is just and fits the crime. I hope to see more of these hack creators caught as time goes by across all platforms. The disrepute which hacking brings to a player, team and game is insurmountable and the consequences for utilizing any program to get ahead – whether you are a pro or a “casual” should be dire.

(source: SBS News)

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