Bethesda begins deactivating illegally obtained ' Elder Scrolls Online' keys

May 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bethesda Softworks revealed via this update to the official Elder Scrolls Online site that it has begun deactivating game accounts that were created using "stolen keys." In the post from Bethesda community manager Jason Leavey, the company claims that these keys were likely bought with stolen credit cards via Steam or with customers' credit cards without their permission of knowledge.

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Diablo III gamers steal virtual goods, suffer real life consequences

May 21, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

According to court documents obtained by Fusion.net, back in the summer of 2012, Patrick Nepomuceno of California and Michael Stinger of Maryland, stole a bunch of Diablo III players' virtual weapons and armor then hawked them for north of eight grand. How? They tricked players into downloading a remote access tool (RAT) by disguising it as a link to what they claimed was a pic of a rare in-game item.

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'League of Legends' player admits swatting and stalking multiple victims in the U.S. and Canada

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada teen and League of Legends player has plead guilty to 23 different charges related to online stalking, hacking, and swatting incidents in the United States and Canada. According to Tricity News, the 17-year-old male, who can't be identified due to his age, plead guilty last week to 23 counts of extortion, public mischief and criminal harassment.   

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Waupaca, Wisconsin teen gets caught swatting, loses Xbox

May 11, 2015 - James Fudge

A 17-year-old Waupaca, Wisconsin teen had his "Xbox" confiscated by Waupaca County after they determined that he had attempted to "swat" a rival player. According to WeAreGreenBay.com, the teen allegedly called the Waupaca County 911 Communications Center on Sunday afternoon claiming that a woman had been shot in the leg in an apartment on Eight Street (in Waupaca) and the shooter was still in the house. The caller claimed they were making the call while hiding in a closet.

Police responded to the scene and learned quickly that the call was a hoax.

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Missoula, Montana 'Minecraft' player swatted

May 7, 2015 - James Fudge

Jamie Greenwood was enjoying a leisurely game of Minecraft at around 2:30 pm on Tuesday afternoon when suddenly officers from two different police departments - the University of Montana Police and the Missoula Police Department - were at her door.

After the dozen or so police officers from two different departments responded to the scene at an apartment complex on the intersection of South and Maurice Avenues, they determined that the call was a hoax. Police received an emergency call earlier in the day claiming that hostage situation was unfolding at Greenwood's address.

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Interzone CEO faces 120 years in prison for wire fraud and money laundering

May 5, 2015 - James Fudge

A recently unsealed federal indictment reveals that Marty Brickey was charged with three counts of wire fraud and six counts of money laundering related to fundraising activities that generated an estimated $14.5 million for Brickey's numerous game development companies.

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GamerGate D.C. gathering targeted by bomb threat

May 4, 2015 - James Fudge

The social media movement known as GamerGate held its first U.S. meet-up (called #GGinDC) on May 1 at a bar called the Local 16 in Washington, D.C. But in the wee hours of Friday night / Saturday morning as hundreds of people were mingling and having a good time, police converged on the scene and evacuated the building.

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Florida Supreme Court upholds conviction of 'Xbox Murders' defendant

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Florida Supreme Court has upheld the 2006 conviction of Jerone Hunter, for his part in what is commonly referred to as the notorious "Xbox Murders." The court heard the case in October of last year. Jerone Hunter, was one of the four men convicted of brutally murdering six people in a Deltona, Florida home in 2004.

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Atlanta teen severely burned in dispute over a stolen PS3

April 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

An Atlanta teen was severely burned by two men because they believed he stole a PlayStation 3. According to Atlanta-based news station WSBTV, 17-year-old Damon Clay was asleep on a relative's couch when 19-year-old Quintavious Barber and 18-year-old Malik Moton (supposedly his friends) attacked him after accusing him of stealing a PlayStation 3. The duo allegedly dumped a boiling hot pot of rice on Clay while he slept.

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Former University of Tennessee defensive lineman charged with stealing Xbox and games

April 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A former University of Tennessee defensive lineman has been charged with stealing an Xbox One and three games, according to a report in The Tribune. Former Tennessee defensive lineman Michael Sawyers is was booked on a felony theft charge and released on $1,000 bond.

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Sore loser swats Long Island home after losing a round of 'Call of Duty'

April 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

An emergency call sent 60 police officers and emergency personnel to a home on Laurelton Boulevard in Long Beach, New York (Long Island) on Tuesday, but the whole thing turned out to be a swatting attempt.

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Winnipeg man charged with sexually assaulting teen he met in online game

April 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A 37-year-old Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) man was arrested and charged with allegedly raping a girl from Singapore who he befriended in an unnamed MMORPG.

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NJ lawmaker seeking tougher penalties for swatting gets targeted over the weekend

April 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester) claims that he was recently the victim of a swatting attempt. The name might sound familiar to GamePolitics readers; Assemblyman Moriarty is the New Jersey lawmaker who has been pushing a bill since October of last year in the state that would stiffen the punishment for swatting (or other crimes loosely associated with reporting a "False Public Alarm").

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Murder suspect apprehended by his own stupidity

April 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Thirty-year-old Hubert Wingate of Homewood, Pennsylvania (a Pittsburg suburb) has been charged for the murder of Andre Gray, whose body was found last month after he disappeared from his Lawrenceville home in October. Wingate, who clearly isn't that smart, was tracked down by police after using the victim's PlayStation.

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North Carolina man goes to court for four-week crime spree that included robbing a GameStop

April 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A North Carolina man will finally have the first of many days in court to answer for a four-week crime spree that included stealing a car and robbing a GameStop in Mecklenburg County, among a litany of other crimes alleged by police in multiple counties throughout the state.

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Minneapolis man steals 8-year-old's video games, gets caught on camera

April 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Minneapolis man has been charged with allegedly stealing more than $1,000 of video games and game systems from an 8-year-old boy who was visiting him while he was a patient at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul.

The 43-year-old-man, identified as Dave A. Schmotter, allegedly stole a case containing the video game-related items and hung it on his intravenous stand while the boy and his mother were distracted during a visit in November of last year.

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'GGautoblocker' creator and 'Online Abuse Prevention Initiative' founder targeted by swatting attempt

April 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Randi Harper, the founder of Online Abuse Prevention Initiative (OAPI) and the creator of the GGautoblocker tool, was the target of a swatting attempt on April 2, according to what she wrote on her personal web site on Friday and what the Oakland Police Department told GamePolitics this afternoon.

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Princeton, WV game store swatting tied to series of prank calls, police claim

April 2, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday we reported on a retro game store in Princeton, West Virginia getting swatted on Monday evening. Today we are learning a little bit more about who might have been behind it.

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Digital Press Videogames in Clifton, NJ gets swatted

March 29, 2015 - James Fudge

According to several reports (Cliffview Pilot, NorthJersey.com, and New York Daily News), Clifton, New Jersey Police received a 911 call from someone claiming that "men armed with shotguns" had taken hostages at a shopping

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Calif. teen arrested for swatting attempts in two states

March 27, 2015 - James Fudge

A thirteen-year-old Camarillo, Calif. boy was arrested on March 17 for allegedly making multiple calls to police departments in Ventura County, Calif., and New Jersey in an attempt to "swat" three different targets. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the teen (whose name was not released because he is a minor) allegedly made three calls reporting violent crimes in progress between January 15 and 20.

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Two men charged for stealing three consoles from a Palo Alto Fry's Electronics at gunpoint

March 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Normally when we report on a robbery at a GameStop or other electronics retailers, the perpetrators manage to escape into the night with their ill-gotten goods, never to be seen again or apprehended by police. But this San Jose Mercury News report details how Palo Alto police finally caught up with two men who allegedly robbed a Fry's Electronics of several consoles at gunpoint on Jan. 28.

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Manchester, NH 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive' player gets targeted by swatter

March 17, 2015 - James Fudge

A 27-year-old from Manchester, New Hampshire says he was targeted by someone online after police were sent to his home last Sunday night. Leighton Timmins, a 27-year-old who works in the IT department of a local college, says that police received a call purporting to be him and claiming that he had shot and killed his father in his apartment.

Of course he never called the police and his father was not in the residence (and quite alive somewhere else) when police entered his residence on Sunday evening.

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Congresswoman Katherine Clark Wants FBI and DOJ To Prosecute Online Harassment Cases

March 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-Mass) is calling on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice to do a better job of handling cases of online harassment - particularly those that target women. Clark took a particular interest in GamerGate and activities that have been associated with the Twitter hashtag because Boston-based developer Brianna Wu is in the district she represents.

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Swatting: It's All Fun And Games Until Someone Gets Murdered

March 10, 2015 - James Fudge

It's Just A Harmless Prank...

Some might describe swatting, the act of making an erroneous phone call to a police department in the hopes that they will deploy a SWAT team to a specific location, as an innocuous prank. The "royal they" of the Internet note that, besides the target's pride being hurt and being mildly humiliated, swatting is harmless and funny. 

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A Tale of Two Swattings

March 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It seems like some police departments are starting to understand what "swatting" is. On the night of March 6, Plymouth, Massachusetts police received a call about an undisclosed act of violence occurring at a home on Carol Boulevard in West Plymouth. Apparently familiar with other instances of fake calls, Plymouth police first dispatched a unit to confirm its suspicions that the call was fake. Checking the residence they quickly confirmed that there was nothing going on at the home.

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Couple Plays 'Call of Duty' While Infant Suffers From Brain Injuries

February 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A couple from South Yorkshire, England are currently on trial for their part in giving their infant son brain damage. According to a report in The Star, the couple (who are not named) played a newly launched "Call of Duty" video game while their four-month-old son lay in his crib with a severe brain injury, according to what the court was told by prosecutors at the couple's ongoing trial.

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Minnesota Man Swatted While Streaming 'RuneScape'

February 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

St. Cloud, Minnesota resident Joshua Peters was swatted while running a RuneScape stream on Twitch, according to an ABC News report. Peters, a U.S. Air Force veteran was playing the browser-based MMORPG on Wednesday when he fell victim to an apparent "swatting" prank. St. Cloud Chief of Police William Anderson confirmed the incident to ABC News and said that it was currently under investigation.

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Left Behind Games Executive Punished For Illegal Stock Trading

January 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Hawaiian court has sided with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against a former executive from religious-themed video games publisher Left Behind Games, according to an Accounting Today report (as reported by Blue's News) detailing the particulars of the case.

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'DOTA' Banned in Salawag, Philippines After Fatal Stabbings

January 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The small town of Salawag (Salawag, Dasmariñas City, Cavite to be exact) in the Philippines has banned playing the Warcraft III mod, Defense of the Ancients, due to a number of stabbings and bad behavior among some of the town's youth, The Inquirer.net reports (as highlighted by Kotaku).

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UK Man Arrested For Christmas Day Attacks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network

January 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A series of tweets this morning from the official Twitter account for the UK law enforcement agency South East Regional Organized Crime Unit reveals that an unnamed 18-year-old has been arrested in South Port, England for his alleged part in the Christmas day dedicated denial of service (DDoS) attacks that took both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live offline.

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WonderkarpSo I found out I'm Invincible Today. I drove through a Tornado and didnt even know it. was windy and torrential downpour but I drove through like a boss. 05/26/2015 - 7:35pm
ZenEnded up giving the code to Andrew so he gets to be the other guinea pig lol.05/26/2015 - 6:53pm
ZenSo...who wants to help with an experiment and get a free game for 3DS and possibly Wii U lol? Gave a friend the Wii u OlliOlli code from the Humble Bundle and it gave him the 3DS one too. Still have a 3DS code which may give a Wii U version too.05/26/2015 - 4:35pm
Zenjust wish they had been as open about development as they were with X1 and PS4. All we got were interviews saying everything was great and then this lol.05/26/2015 - 4:14pm
ZenYeah, he brought it up again as time went on and stated it was not to be taken seriously. And I am in NO way defending people who are acting like...well....the not so nice way to say "butts". And I don't personally think they haven't worked on the game, I05/26/2015 - 4:12pm
Andrew EisenSo I can see why Bell would be ultra defensive and snippety. But, again, still not an advisable thing to say.05/26/2015 - 3:57pm
Andrew Eisennot to mention horrifically insulting.05/26/2015 - 3:56pm
Andrew EisenAgreed, even out of frustration, not an advisable thing to post. As for the rest, sounds like it thought its tweeks and optimizations would work. The idea that it was stringing everyone along and not actually working on it is nearly nonsensical...05/26/2015 - 3:55pm
Zenand looking great...yet refused to even show a single screen shot while touting their open development on X1 and PS4. People are now asking if they even worked on the game or if it was dropped in the beginning & they were keeping up appearances instead.05/26/2015 - 3:53pm
ZenI understand that, but making a blanket statement to cover an entire market like that will do nothing more than push consumers away or alienate a group. Other issues stem from the interviews and public announcements they made stating the game is running05/26/2015 - 3:52pm
Andrew EisenNot an advisable thing to post, I'll grant you.05/26/2015 - 3:47pm
Andrew EisenReading the thread, it looks like he's just getting frustrated with the obnoxious and unreasonable members of the board (most of whom signed up that day).05/26/2015 - 3:47pm
ZenNintendo users in general by stating "Yup, and if you need to pass this on, we really dislike Nintendo users." on their forum. Sincere or not, it's annoyed some fans & put doubt on the company even trying.05/26/2015 - 3:35pm
ZenThey pushed that even just a few months ago it was running great, with effects, but they just needed a few tweeks before release. I posted about this last night, but it has since cycled thru. Ian Bell also had some fairly disparaging things to say about05/26/2015 - 3:34pm
Matthew Wilson@AE @iamc they admired they cant do wiiu, and they have a valid reason for it. the wiiu is too weak.05/26/2015 - 3:24pm
Andrew EisenLied about what?05/26/2015 - 3:11pm
IanCThey outright lied, they kept pushing that it was coming out on Wii U right to they got a publisher, then went quiet. Funny that...05/26/2015 - 3:09pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.vg247.com/2015/05/26/project-cars-struggling-to-hit-720p30fps-on-wii-u/ I love that he is honest. they admited that they are at their wits end with the wiius hardware.05/26/2015 - 1:48pm
E. Zachary KnightHumbleSupport has said the codes don't expire. So That is pretty tempting.05/26/2015 - 1:38pm
E. Zachary KnightThe only problem is that I don't own a WiiU or 3DS and I would be worried that whatever codes I get would expire before I bought one.05/26/2015 - 1:28pm
 

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