It Is Now Illegal To Make Game Cheats In Korea

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Making and distributing cheats for games is a great way to get sued, providing you poke big bears like Epic Games or Blizzard, but while developers have taken down cheat makers through injunctions and by playing the copyright laws to their advantage, there isn’t a law on the books that specifically states “thou shalt not make cheats,” and violating a company’s terms of service isn’t a criminal act. Until now, at least, but you knew that from the title of this article.

According to a report circulating from PvPLive, you can now be punished with a maximum of five years in jail or $43 thousand in fines if caught distributing cheats (aimbots, scripts, etc) for video games in violation of the company’s terms of service. Yes, making cheats is now a criminal offense.

The newly altered law raises a lot of interesting questions with regard to the burgeoning (and rather profitable) cheating scene, like how the courts will deal with cheat makers who live outside of the country, or how far reaching a developer can go in having conduct that they don’t approve of punishable by the court system.

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