In order to prevent unfair profiting from a company's product or software, and unfair competition in online games, game save and console modding services are now illegal in Japan.
It means that if you're caught distributing mod tools or selling product keys without permission, the maximum punishment is a 5 million yen (£36,000) fine and/or five years in prison.
A Japanese save editor. Credit: Amazon
In the space of a month, sales of popular save editor tools, which enable users to access cheats through patch codes in a number of popular games, have come to an end.
And the selling of cheat cartridges, such as Action Replay, as GameSpot found, have been forcibly discontinued.
Here's a detailed translation, courtesy of Siliconera, of the actions Japan's new law will punish:
- Distribution of game save data editors and programs
- Distribution, selling, auctioning serial codes and product keys without the software maker's permission
- Services that offer the editing/hacking of save data, and/or modifying/hacking game consoles
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