Lineage III Programmers Under Investigation
Seven former programmers at NCSoft, Korea’s largest game developer, are being investigated in connection with the theft of code from Lineage III. Chosun Ilbo, a Korean newspaper, is reporting that the programmers are suspected of allowing a rival game company to review and copy software technology from Lineage III during a job interview. They are also suspected of leaking the the entire program design of Lineage III through email or on portable disk last September. Apparently, NCSoft has had some recurring internal problems since removing an unnamed senior game designer for poor leadership skill. Unfortunately for NCSoft, most of their 90-member development team left with the fired leader. The damage, according to NCSoft, is estimated at over W1 trillion (where $1 US = W927).
Moral? Giving software from your previous employer to prospective new employer = jail.