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South Korean court sends Overwatch hack creator to jail

A South Korean man is facing twelve months in jail for creating an Overwatch hack, which made him around $180,000. The hack violates South Korea's Game Industry Promotion Law, as well as the Information and Communication Technology Protection Law. 

While previous Overwatch hacking offences have attracted probation periods and hefty fines in South Korea, the profitable nature of this hack is the cause for the  jail time, writes SBS News (via Dot Esports). In addition to the time behind bars, the guilty party will also receive two years probation.

In 2016 South Korea criminalized the creation and distribution of aimbots, wall hacks and other cheating services.  A year later the effects were felt: fines of around $10,000 were issued, and probation periods handed down to two offenders. 

Blizzard Korea last year said that it is "committed to creating a fair game environment for its players, and will continue to strive to maintain a fair environment". 

Shaun Prescott
Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian editor and news writer. He mostly plays platformers and RPGs, and keeps a close eye on anything of particular interest to antipodean audiences. He (rather obsessively) tracks the movements of the Doom modding community, too.