PAX East Attendee Allegedly Tries to Steal Atomic Title

March 30, 2010 -

Atomic Games seems to have a penchant for creating drama, even though this time the Six Days in Fallujah developer was clearly a victim.

Joystiq carries word that an attendee at last weekend’s PAX East show allegedly tried to make off with code for Atomic’s latest game, Breach. The suspected thief apparently made the mistake of telling Atomic Games personnel of his desire to steal the game, even as he was in the midst of downloading it.

Atomic President Peter Tamte told Joystiq that the man had succeeded in downloading only 14MB of the game before the theft-in-progress was noticed. The man then took off into the crowd before eventually being detained by security.  The suspect claims that he was only trying to get online in the convention center.

The suspect also surfaced earlier at a PAX East panel, asking Xbox Live Director of Policy and Enforcement, Stephen Toulouse, if he could have his Gamertag ban lifted for playing Forza 3 early. The suspect then admitted that he had downloaded an illegal copy of the game once Toulouse clarified that playing an early retail release of a game is not grounds for banishment from Xbox Live.

In a statement, Atomic Games told Joystiq:

While it's a very unfortunate incident, it was a form of a compliment that he liked our game so much he risked a felony to play it early. Since we work with the military and intelligence communities, though, we had no choice but to have him arrested and protect our IP.


Comments

Re: PAX East Attendee Allegedly Tries to Steal Atomic Title

We aren't exactly talking about a criminal mastermind here are we?

Kudos to Atomic for stopping the guy, but lets face it, the biggest thing they've done for us is remove a moron from the gene pool, even temporarily.

Re: PAX East Attendee Allegedly Tries to Steal Atomic Title

Are you sure this isn't some sort of publicity stunt?

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Re: PAX East Attendee Allegedly Tries to Steal Atomic Title

I doubt they'd risk being charged for deliberately wasting the time of the police (I don't know the exact charge) for a publicity stunt.

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Re: PAX East Attendee Allegedly Tries to Steal Atomic Title

It's mental midgets like these that ruin things for everyone.  I hope he's locked up for a good, long while.

Re: PAX East Attendee Allegedly Tries to Steal Atomic Title

Sounds to me like Atomic's PC security was pretty weak at the event. If he was able to connect to their computers and start downloading the game with no physical connection, they should be slapped.

He was pretty stupid too.

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Re: PAX East Attendee Allegedly Tries to Steal Atomic Title

 There was a physical connection made.  He did it while the attendant who was minding the booth ducked out for a bathroom break.  A playtester at another part of the booth noticed him.

Re: PAX East Attendee Allegedly Tries to Steal Atomic Title

"Joystiq will continue to follow this story, though the suspect's attorney has advised him to stop speaking with us."

I'm amazed he still HAS an attorney considering he admitted (several times) he was trying to steal Breach (to the developers no less!) before finally being caught with part of the code on the laptop. Then after being caught kept claiming he "knew names" and could offer "bigger and more important targets" to the police (which strikes me as pretty much ADMITTING he's part of an organised pirating group). Then after that he admitted to a freaking gaming news website he had pirated Forza 3.

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Re: PAX East Attendee Allegedly Tries to Steal Atomic Title

"Since we work with the military and intelligence communities, though, we had no choice but to have him arrested and protect our IP."

Are you suggesting there are military secrets contained in the source code for your game? Otherwise, I fail to see how the above statement has anything to do with whether you should arrest him or not.

Re: PAX East Attendee Allegedly Tries to Steal Atomic Title

Perhaps they had military information or communications with them in the same place they had the source code (or near it at least).

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Re: PAX East Attendee Allegedly Tries to Steal Atomic Title

Thank goodness the pathetic thief was caught before he could do some real damage to the company.

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Re: PAX East Attendee Allegedly Tries to Steal Atomic Title

In before Zippy tries to say the thief was just an innocent victim, and this shouldn't be illegal in any way.

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Re: PAX East Attendee Allegedly Tries to Steal Atomic Title

No wordplay with the title of the game?

You have more restraint than most in the press would.

 
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