Young Overwatch Hacker Arrested in South Korea
With competitive gaming resulting in monetary gains and on a constant uphill climb, it’s easy to understand why some gamers would like to take the easy route and cheat. This, of course, leaves the skilled competitors at a disadvantage. Development companies such as Blizzard don’t take kindly to cheating, and have been known to have accounts blocked as a result. If blocking an account wasn’t enough, one hacker in South Korea has been arrested for creating and selling a cheat for Blizzard’s hit shooter Overwatch.
According to South Korean website Daum (and translated by Redditor Calycae), the miscreant responsible for creating and selling an aimbot for the game has been arrested. An aimbot essentially does the work for a player running the hack. Instead of having to hone the skills required, the aimbot will automatically target the opponents, leaving the cheater to move and pull the trigger. To create such a hack would require some pretty hardcore knowledge in coding, so discovering that the hacker responsible is only 17 years of age is quite astonishing.
According to Calycae’s translation, the young hacker had dropped out of high school to pursue a path into the world of video game hacking. He learned how to do so by a video posted by the infamous hacker group Anonymous. Creating hacks for games like Overwatch turned out to be a profitable endeavor for the young teenager. His aimbots for the team-based shooter ranged in price from $70-$100, and apparently had nearly one thousand customers. This earned the young coder an estimated $140,000 profit.
It’s fair to assume that most people agree that cheating takes away from the enjoyment of playing a game. It’s never fun to know that the hours of perfecting an individual’s skills can be demolished by someone who has purchased a hack that gives them an advantage. Blizzard Entertainment has a pretty strict zero tolerance policy when it comes to cheating. The company recently won a lawsuit against a German hacker after they proved that the cheats circumvented Blizzard’s anti-cheat software “Warden,” which violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or DMCA. The question does arise whether or not the South Korean hacker’s punishment is too harsh. The offender is quite young, but some may attest that no crime shall go unpunished. Some believe that the kid could have had a bright future in coding if he’d chosen a different route to show off his talent.
Not everyone will agree that jail time is necessary for such acts, but one thing that most gamers can agree on is that cheaters are not favored by other players. Thoughts, questions, concerns? Drop them in the comments section below. Alternatively, head on over to Don’t Feed the Gamers’ official Disqus channel for conversations on this article and more. To catch around-the-clock coverage on the hottest gaming and entertainment news, be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter.
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