In a sign of just how big, profitable and competitive e-sports have become, the South Korean government have decided to make cheating punishable by law. Say what! Yeah that’s right, cheaters be warned, your days are numbered.
When I say punishable, I mean a maximum jail sentence of five years or $43,000 in fines. That is no simple slap on the wrist.
Everyone Hates a Cheater
Developers are deadly serious about stomping out cheaters, and for good reason. Unscrupulous players in games such as #Overwatch and #LeagueofLegends are some of the main antagonist’s that have driven South Korea into action.
The law specifically prohibits:
manufacturing and distributing programs that are not allowed by the game company and its Terms of Service
The motivation to be the best, unfortunately, can be greatly assisted by sneaky scripts that bridge the gap from noob to king of the tube (I know it rhymes).
The law now makes it illegal to:
manufacturing and distributing cheating programs, including aimbots and hacks for online games
I say good work South Korea. This has to be multitasking at its best – one eye on gamers while maintaining the other on their crazy neighbor.
Developers Are Coming to Get You
Before the law was passed, Blizzard had a zero-tolerance policy for such behavior.
If a player is found to be cheating - or using hacks, bots, or third-party software that provides any sort of unfair advantage - that player will be permanently banned from the game. Full stop. Not only does cheating undermine the spirit of fair play that all of our products are based on, but it works to diminish the fun and enjoyment of others.
Instant bans will continue to remain a real threat regardless of any laws. The consequence of just not being able to play should be enough. Imagine not being able to play! Brutal.
It's Risky Business
Bad, no, let’s say it; illegal conduct is no longer being tolerated. Governments, Developers and most importantly gamers are over it. If we see you, look out.
In the end, it really comes down to risk and reward. Is it really worth taking the chance to:
- Spend five years in jail
- Pay $43,000 dollars in fines, or most importantly
- Miss out on playing the game that you love.
I don't know about you, but it doesn't sound worth it.
What are your thoughts on cheating and how it can be properly regulated?