South Korean Overwatch hacker fined $9,300, another faces two years on probation

South Korean Overwatch hacker fined $9,300, another faces two years on probation

Blizzard Korea has been teaming up with National Police Agency Cyber Security Department to crack down on Overwatch cheating with the first offenders facing retribution.

That's according to a forum post from the publisher, in which it says that one user has been fined 10m won ($9,300) while another has received two years of probation. Violation of these terms will see this individual land in jail.

This follows a year-long collaboration between Blizzard and local law enforcement which saw 13 Overwatch hackers and cheaters arrested earlier this year. The two offenders earlier are part of this figure; the other 11 are still under investigation.

"Blizzard Overwatch is committed to creating a fair game environment for its players, and will continue to strive to maintain a fair environment in response to similar spreads," the publisher said (via Google Translate).

"Finally, the most important thing about this issue is that we are in 'Building a fair game environment for players'."

In 2016, new laws were proposed to prevent cheating in video games. These came into effect in June 2017, and target those create game hacks. Users found in violation of these laws face a maximum of $50,000 in fines or five years in prison.

Cheating is a hot topic for any online video game and more companies are collaborating with law enforcement to stamp out this practice. In China, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds' regional publisher Tencent has been teaming up with police to track down those making and distributing cheats and hacks for the popular battle royale game. This resulted in 15 arrests and fines of $5.1m.

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