According to a report on the South Korean site Daum and thanks to a translation by the Redditor known as Calycae, it seems as if a South Korean aimbot maker has been arrested after creating a plethora of hack services that assisted players with cheating in Blizzard's team-based shooter Overwatch. As it happens, the culprit was quite young, as the hacker is apparently only 17 years old.
As explained by Calycae, the Overwatch hacker graduated middle school and went on to drop out of high school in order to make hack programs for video games. Evidently, he fell into the practice of hacking after learning how to do it by watching an Anonymous hack video when he was in the fourth grade.
Ostensibly, creating hacks for games like Blizzard's Overwatch had been an incredibly lucrative business for the South Korean teenager, as the police have reported that he made aim assistance programs that sold for prices ranging anywhere between $70 to $100, and had almost 1000 different buyers purchasing the software from him. With this being the case, he made roughly $140,000 dollars by selling various hack services to anyone that would pay for them.
As most fans who have played Overwatch will attest, players who utilize hack services and aimbots more often than not end up ruining the game's fun entirely, as the competitive element of the multiplayer experience is completely stripped away due to others having an unfair advantage. However, while cheaters and those who create the software to allow such unsportsmanlike conduct to occur are certainly at fault for being complicit in the degradation of a video game's quality, it still begs the question of whether or not doling out jail time is too extreme of a response.
Of course, Blizzard is a company that doesn't take cheating lightly, as it recently won an $8.5 million lawsuit against the German cheat maker Bossland after the California District Court hearing the case ruled in favor of the developer once the court agreed that hacks developed by Bossland effectively bypassed Blizzard’s cheat protection technology “Warden,” violating the DMCA. So, while it seems as if the South Korean hacker likely broke the law, it's still somewhat saddening to see someone with such obvious talent with coding skills get cracked down on in such a hard manner, especially when they're so young and the market for aimbots and hack services will surely remain to be an extant problem regardless of their arrest.
Overwatch is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.