Indie developer Vlambeer was robbed at E3, according to Rami Ismail, co-founder of the company. The Ridiculous Fishing developer claims that a backpack was stolen on early Thursday morning from the Figueroa Hotel pool bar, a popular hangout for developers. That backpack contained laptop, two iPads, a PlayStation Vita, a Vita test kit, a Kindle Fire, various connectors and cables, and code for Vlambeer's upcoming game Luftrauser.
"Basically everything Vlambeer is in the bag," he said. "So it kind of feels like Vlambeer got stolen. We have good backups. We take good care of everything, We've got decent backups to continue working. It's just a giant pain."
Ismail said that when he called police to tell them about the theft, they asked him if he was there for the convention. Apparently thieves had been targeting E3 attendees and other people had reported similar thefts.
"They actually mentioned that it was likely people had been targeting people that were at the convention."
Polygon also suffered a theft at its E3 booth. Someone had stolen a backpack with camera equipment. It seems that thieves had also targeted people inside the convention center. Security never recovered Polygon's belongings.
Entertainment Software Association officials did warn press at the event that several cameras had been stolen from the press room and to keep an eye on equipment. Following the announcement, security for the convention started checking photo IDs.