Published On: Mon, Jan 7th, 2019

It Is Now Illegal To Sell Unauthorised Game Keys In Japan, Save File Editors Also Banned


Japan has revised a Unfair Competition Prevention Act, introducing several changes that will significantly impact a modding stage and, potentially, several wider gaming circles, too.

Essentially, diversion save editors and console-modding services are now announced illegal, with offenders potentially confronting fines of adult to 5 million yen or seizure for adult to 5 years, as good as a reselling of diversion keys that are not certified by a program owner. As reported by, central information on a changes is usually accessible in Japanese during present, though several translations all indicate towards a following 3 acts now being wholly banned:

– Distributing collection and programs for altering save data
– Selling sequence numbers or product keys that are unapproved by a builder of a program in online auctions
– Offering services that cgange save information on a customer’s behalf

The law appears to have been revised in sequence to assistance fight deceptive sequence formula sales in online auctions, an act that has seen an boost in new times, and also interjection to electronic information now being deliberate as something that should be stable by law. As good as impacting a reselling of unapproved keys, products such as a Cyber Save Editor for PS4 and Action Replay inclination (which can be used to submit lie codes to change diversion saves) have reportedly been forcibly discontinued.

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