Published on October 19th, 2010 | by CodCom
Retail Copies Of Black Ops stolen
Yesterday the internet started to see some leaked footage of Call of Duty: Black Ops. It started with just one video and after that the pace at which new leaked videos showed up kept increasing. Video hosting websites such as YouTube and Vimeo were primarily used to spread the leaked videos the the masses, but Activision didn’t wait long before acting and started to contact the websites to have the copyrighted videos removed. As you can understand, having the videos removed one by one isn’t going to help solve the problem.
The real problem to the issue was determined shortly after the leaked videos. It turns out that the anticipation of Call of Duty: Black Ops has gotten so high that a thief broke into an Alabama pressing plant and stole several copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops’ retail disc.
The alleged thief sold several of the copies of the game to associates. one of which who was a member of an underground hacking forum. The purchaser, who goes by the name of ‘Ungodly Leaker’ posted a thread on this forum showing the disc in his hands and making a few comments about the game. Ungodly Leaker had previously leaked Halo: Reach far ahead of its release and it is assumed intending to do the same with Call of Duty: Black Ops. Josh Olin, Treyarch’s Community Manager, managed to get in contact with the several members of the hacking forum by Twitter, AIM and telephone in an attempt to quell any leaks. The result unknown so far.
This isn’t the first time Activision has to deal with a stolen copy of its game before the official release. Just last year a retail copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was stolen before the official release. That time Activision needed help from private investigators and police to quell the problem and we are sure that Activision will tackle this problem the same way.