South Korea takes eSports very, very seriously. In fact, it is now the only country in the world with actual legislation that bans aimbots and wall-hacks; with impressively severe penalties if these are found.
The amendment to the law doesn’t specifically call out cheating in eSports, and instead takes a broader approach with the wording. Essentially, it states that manufacturing and distributing programmes that are not allowed by the game company and its terms of service is now illegal.
From what we understand, this is mainly aimed at the people who are making the hacks; although it is possible that authorities will use it to clean up the casual gaming scene. Cheating is growing increasingly rampant in South Korea’s PC Bangs (their version of cybercafes), particularly with the Overwatch community.
Those found distributing these hacks can potentially face up to five years in prison, or a fine of 50 million KRW (about RM190,000). Which is quite a severe penalty for helping people cheat at video games when you think about it.
One question that remains is how the South Korean authorities plan on enforcing this ban. Tracking down the creator of the hacks is not always easy, and they might not even be from the country. One thing to note is that the ban doesn’t apply to people using the hacks; which means that we will all still need to deal with aimbots.