Save game files have always been a hot topic in the gaming community. It’s no surprise that some players are willing to go to extreme lengths to gain an advantage. But what happens when selling save game files becomes an illegal endeavor? Well, that’s exactly what a 27-year-old Chinese man living in Japan, Ichimin Sho, discovered when he was arrested for selling modified save data files from the popular game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Exploiting the Game
Ichimin Sho decided to market his edited save data files on an unknown auction site, claiming they were “the most powerful software” for the Nintendo Switch version of Breath of the Wild. Essentially, these mod files were designed to help players enhance their skills in the game. Furthermore, Ichimin even offered rare items upon request, making his service even more enticing.
However, this venture didn’t come without a price. Players who wanted to take advantage of Ichimin’s modified files had to pay a fee of approximately 3,500 yen (around 731,000 VND). Little did Ichimin know that his actions would catch the attention of the Niigata Prefectural Police, leading to his subsequent arrest for violating the Unfair Competition Prevention Law.
Ichimin Sho’s illegal activity didn’t go unnoticed. He confessed to selling modified software and save files, earning a staggering 10 million yen (almost 2.1 billion VND) over the course of a year and a half. These impressive profits, however, came at a significant cost. The Niigata Police took his actions seriously and detained him, leaving him to face the consequences of his actions.
Not the First Offender
Unfortunately, Ichimin Sho is not the first person to face legal consequences for selling game save data files in Japan. Deputy Director Okazawa of the Niigata Police Cyber Crime Division expressed his concerns and urged people to refrain from creating, selling, or purchasing modified data or software. Such actions not only violate the law but can also compromise the integrity of the gaming experience for others.
As much as we all want to achieve greatness in our favorite games, it’s essential to remember that cheating and exploiting the system come with serious consequences. Ichimin Sho’s unfortunate path serves as a reminder that we should always strive for fair play within the gaming community.
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