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South Korean Man Hacking Overwatch to Serve Priso


A South Korean man, aged 28, will be serving prison for a year because he had hacked Overwatch. The declared punishment, which Dot Esports and SBS News of South Korea reported, would have the hacker complete, besides a year of incarceration, 2-yrs of probation because he performed illegal activity associated with a multiplayer game very popular online. The especially tough punishment is due to both the activity's still going kind and because the accused reaped 200m Korean won (nearly USD180,000) through hacks related to Overwatch.


Online games reportedly get lawful protection from cheaters as well as hackers under the "Game Industry Promotion Law and Information and Communication Technology Protection Law." The current sentence announced on June 26 inside the Icheon District Court happens to be a harsher punishment declared hitherto within the purview of the law in accompaniment of actual prison time.


According to a report by Kotaku a publisher of video games, one fresh South Korean act which describes the operation of performing hacks into video games and distributing them a crime got implemented in 2017. Convicted hackers get a maximum of 5-yrs of imprisonment along with fines equivalent of USD50,000. Officials in South Korea have introduced amendments to the existing stringent acts back during June last year, consolidating rules of gaming somewhat severely. An example is of Blizzard requiring gamers in South Korea towards necessarily using their Social Security Numbers for playing the game so rampant cheating can be prevented inside the country. Altchar.com posted this, June 26, 2018.


South Korean hackers targeting Overwatch appears pretty common. When 2018 started, 2 other hackers were handed down sentences because they merged into Overwatch. However, the punishments were a probation period for 2-yrs for one and a $10,000 fine for the other, while none required going to prison.


Nevertheless, gamers worldwide continue to misuse Overwatch, as a consequence such gamers are banned in herds. Many gamers in Blizzard's Overwatch League, Overwatch game's top level have been penalized because they boosted i.e. played on the account of some gamer with lower skills so the former gamers could rise in their rankings.

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