Man steals Breach game code at PAX East, gets arrested

Atomic Games never seems to have it easy. The studio was showing off its latest game, Breach, at PAX East this past weekend, but became the victims of theft when one douchebag attendee stole the game’s code. Fortunately, thanks to some fancy footwork, the would-be criminal mastermind was swiftly apprehended. 

The cheeky scamp managed to download a portion of the code from the booth before being spotted and dashed into a crowd upon discovery. After initiating a search mission, Atomic found the man harboring the stolen code on his computer. 

“The suspect did admit to us several times, including as he was doing it, that he was stealing the code. He said to myself and several other team members, after being caught, that it was not a big deal, he just really liked the game and wanted to play it with his friends,” explains Atomic’s David Tractenberg.

“This guy had only succeeded in copying about 14MB to his laptop before our staff caught him. Because of the work we do for military and intelligence organizations, we take security issues like this very seriously … It is fortunate for him that we caught him before any of this ended up on the internet. Many of the hackers who stole Valve’s Half-Life 2 code were tracked down by the FBI’s Cybercrime Task Force.”

Pro tip: Atomic is full of badasses. Don’t mess with them.

‘Breach’ game code theft at PAX East ends in arrest [Joystiq]

Jim Sterling