Did You Know About These Intense Video Game Laws?

There’s something to be said for cocktail arcade games – it’s likely no one was ever jailed while playing one. But if you’re a gamer from Japan or South Korea and try to take a shortcut and cheat on a video game, you could pay a steep price.

It’s Criminal to Cheat on Video Games in Japan

No matter what, publishers of online games are always going to have to combat gamers who hack the system in order to gain an unfair advantage. While this isn’t anything new, some countries are now backing up the game companies and cracking down on this behavior.

In Japan, three people were arrested in 2014 for creating, selling and using cheats in the Nexon first-player shooter game Sudden Attack. Of the three individuals caught, one was a 17-year-old high school senior, one was a 17-year-old vocational school student and one was an 18-year-old college freshman.

Two of the cheaters allegedly made almost $80,000 by advertising and selling the cheat codes through an online forum dedicated to the game. When Nexon received multiple complaints about the prevalence of cheating, they contacted the police who tracked down the subjects and charged them with criminal activity.

South Korea Is Joining Them

South Korea isn’t going to let cheaters get away with it any longer either. The South Korean parliament just passed an amendment that criminalizes the manufacture or distribution of any program not allowed by a game’s terms of service. Even though this may make cheaters think twice, it could also affect serious players who design innocent game modifications.

China Passes Curious “Gambling” Restrictions

Some in-game practices have caused the Chinese government to require changes to popular games like Overwatch. When players encounter a loot crate, the game is now required by law to clearly state the statistical chances of the gamer receiving certain items. They must also state how many items will be in the crate. Otherwise, China views it as gambling – a big no-no. In addition, game publishers must keep a record of all the draw results for at least 90 days in case government officials want to check up on it.

Will we ever have strict video games laws like these here in the U.S.? Gamers across the nation are likely hoping the answer is “no.”