South Korea’s new law is for those who hack online games in order to cheat at them, which went into effect last June, has hackers in hot water. Earlier this year, 13 Overwatch offenders were arrested, and now two have received their sentences.
According to a post from Blizzard Korea—which worked with the Seoul National Police Agency Cyber Security Department as part of a year-long investigation that began in January 2017—one of the 13 has received two years of probation from the South Korean government, and if he violates it, he’ll see jail time. The other has been fined 10 million won, or around $10,000.
No competitive game is free of cheating, but in 2016 and 2017, Overwatch had an especially nasty hacker problem in South Korea, where the proliferation of PC-focused cafes called “PC bangs” meant that cheaters could cycle between freebie accounts when they got banned. Early in 2017, Blizzard changed the rules around PC bang accounts to crack down on that practice, but there was still a bigger problem: those who created the hacks.
South Korea’s June 2017 law targets those creators—not rando players who decide it might be fun to see through walls for an afternoon. The law specifically mentions the creation of “game hacks” as well as the creation and distribution of private servers. It’s come under fire for perhaps being too broad, . Anyone found guilty can face a maximum fine of nearly $50,000 and a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
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Helping students realize the dream of an esports career, the Microsoft Store’s Esports Academy, focuses on the nitty gritty of playing, but on the elements surrounding esports as a business as well. A wide array of talent from the Aussie esports scene will be on hand to teach attendees the ins-and-outs of eSports. Sessions run for three hours at a time and cover a wide array of esports related topics, giving attendees experience shoutcasting, playing as a team using games like League of Legends and Overwatch, and understanding the larger scale aspects of the esports business, with ESL Australia giving away tickets to IEM Sydney to attendees as well. Interested gamers, can register on the Microsoft site.
The NBA 2K League formally announced the structure it will use for the upcoming 2018 season. The season will begin in May and will last until August, a total of 17 weeks. The regular season will last 15 weeks. Within those 15 weeks, teams will play 12 weeks of matchups and three weeks of tournaments. The remaining two weeks will include the playoffs as well as the NBA 2K League Finals.
Matchups will occur on a weekly basis on Fridays and Saturdays with “staggered game windows” in order to cater to viewers around the world.
The prize pool across the tournaments and playoffs will add up to $1 million. The “Tip-Off Tournament” will put teams into four different groups competing over five days. The top two teams from each group will advance to the single elimination playoff rounds. The “Tip-Off Tournament” will have a prize pool of $100,000. The following two single elimination tournaments will feature prize pools of $150,000 each. The final tournament also has more on the line, as it will award a playoff spot to the winner. The playoff prize pool will see the bulk of the $1 million prize pool. $600,000 will be distributed during the playoffs.
The playoffs will start in August and will last two weeks. The top seven teams based on records in the regular season will qualify for the playoffs as well as the winner for the final tournament. In the case that the final tournament winner has one of the league’s top eight records, then the top eight teams will advance to the playoffs. The quarterfinals will begin with single-elimination play and the semifinals as well as the finals will be a best-of-three.
Keep your eyes peeled for the NBA 2K League to tip-off on May 1st, 2018! You won’t want to miss the first time one of the big four (NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL) sports leagues has directly invested into an esports league!