Siliconera has posted an update regarding a recent change in Japan whereby reform in the Unfair Competition Prevention Act made in December 2018 has led to drastic and arguably draconian measures in regards to three key areas of gaming which are:
- Distribution of game save data editors and programs
- Distribution, selling, auctioning serial codes and product keys without the software maker’s permission
- Services that offer the editing/hacking of save data, and/or modifying/hacking game consoles
This means that in Japan you can no longer use or distribute game save or any console modding services such as things like save game editors or Action Replays. If caught offenders can be liable to be fined up to 5 million yen or face a five year imprisonment - yes a five year imprisonment! You can read full article here.