While on the surface this legal change may seem like a minor amendment to the law, it could potentially have a big impact on gaming in the region, especially in the e-sports arena and competitive online gaming space.
The South Korean government announced this past week that it has passed an amendment into the law which prohibits the "manufacturing and distributing of programs that are not allowed by the game company and it's Terms of Service."
The idea behind the law is to make it easier to crack down and punish creators of tools and hacks that give players in online competitive gaming an advantage, such as aimbots, trainers, and any other program or mod that gives players an unfair advantage in online tournaments. This aspect of it is quite unique and one that may be welcomed by some - for esports to be taken as seriously as other sports, it must be subject to the same legal restrictions.
There's concern from many parties that innocent people may be caught in the crossfire, however. Some games such as League of Legends and Overwatch have mods that use third party tools that, while non-malicious, would definitely fall foul of the law. It's not clear either where the line is in what defines an illicit modification or program. With a very hefty punishment of up to five years in prision or a $43,000 fine if convicted, it's understandable that some eyebrows have been raised.
It seems much more likely, however, that this law is aimed at the creators of these tools, as opposed to those who are caught using them - like most laws of this nature, there are serious questions as to how practical it is to enforce.
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