Overwatch hacker jailed as Blizzard cracks down on cheaters.
A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to one year in prison and two years probation after selling Overwatch Hacks. The hacker, not named, earned as much a £180,000 thanks to selling Overwatch related hacks; a massive problem for the South Asian servers.
Blizzard and the South Korean authorities have been working together to crack down on the hacking pandemic. The 28-year-old man broke two South Korean laws:
- The Game Industry Promotion Act and the Information
- The Communication Technology Protection Law.
In an article by Seoul news agency SBS, they revealed that the defendant had been breaking these laws ‘for a prolonged period’; adding that he had earned a ‘considerable amount’.
Overwatch hacks and exploits can come in many forms, including; aim-bots, rank boosting, match-fixing and specific macros. It has not been made clear what hacks the defendant was selling.
Many players in South Asian servers have complained that players have an almost perfect aim. Wide-spread DDOS attacks against winners in competitive mode are also a known issue.
Overwatch Creative Director Jeff Kaplan wrote in a forum post last year, giving Blizzards take on these exploits:
Doing anything to manipulate your internal MMR or Skill Rating (i.e. Boosting or Throwing) is not fine.”
Penalties for boosting and throwing are about to increase dramatically.”
These penalties will be very steep when dealing with the South Korean authorities; a fine of more than £43,000 and up to five years in prison for violating the laws.