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Gamer jailed over shoot 'em up plug-in

A GAMER who created a plug-in piece of software for a popular shooter game - earning profits of more than 900,000 yuan (US$142,777) - was yesterday jailed for five years for running an illegal business.

Zeng Ling, 22, was also fined 1 million yuan at the Xuhui District People's Court.

Prosecutors said Zeng, a Chongqing City native, designed a plug-in named "Marksman" in July 2010, for American game "Counter-Strike Online."

This gave advantages to online players of the first-person shooter game.

Players who installed "Marksman" were unaffected by flash and smoke bombs and could see through walls to find opponents, the court heard.

Other functions included auto-aiming, prosecutors said.

In September 2010, Zeng set up an online forum to sell his "Marksman" plug-in.

The court said the total sales reached 913,355 yuan in 10 months until Zeng was detained by Shanghai police in June last year and the forum shut down.

Zeng pleaded guilty and returned 530,000 yuan of his illegal income, the court said.


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