In a post on the South Korean Overwatch forums, Blizzard has revealed that through a cooperative effort with the Seoul police department, 13 Overwatch hackers and modders have not only been caught but are facing harsh criminal charges.
Blizzard Entertainment is one of the core values of “Play nice; Play fair “is always important, we strive to keep a fair game environment, and we have taken necessary measures to counteract the nuclear, cheating, etc that hinders your entire game experience. As part of this effort, we are pleased to inform you of new developments related to the development of fraudulent programs and legal action against distributors. Blizzard has been investigating the cooperation between the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency and the Cyber Safety Division from Jan. to Dec. 2017, requesting an investigation into the development of over-watch fraud programs and distributors (sellers). After a long investigation, a total of 13 suspects have been sent to the Seoul Central District Public Prosecutors’ Office for alleged violations of the Act on the Promotion of Information Network Usage and Information Protection, and the Game Industry Promotion Act. We will continue to strive to create a more fair and enjoyable over-watch play environment. We are always grateful for your enthusiasm and support.
-Via Blizzard’s South Korean Forum
Blizzard has long taken strong actions against those who alter or mod their games to get a competitive edge. But these arrests come after the launch of the Overwatch league causing some fans to think this is an effort to help better regulate and scout players. Aim botters, enemy timers, and rubber band tactics are just a few that go beyond your average game exploits. The punishment for crimes like this in South Korea goes far beyond a simple ban.
What do you think? Should the police be involved?