Should Modern Warfare 3 PS3 leak be classed as theft?

By Posted 28 Oct 2011, 08:54

It looks like someone has once again managed to get hold of a hugely anticipated game before the intended release, and in this case, it seems as if the PS3 retail version of Modern Warfare 3 has already slipped into the hands of some users.

One user in particular who has a copy of the game has wasted no time in showing proof of his swag, although obviously there’s no information on how he managed to get the game so early before Activision’s intended global release on November 8.

He has though generously provided the masses with a brief unboxing video for us to enjoy, and after watching the video we’re inclined to believe that this is the real deal here. The user shows what is inside the box, the lack of instruction manual just like Battlefield 3 and then boots up the game to see the start of the game’s intro.

Unfortunately he cuts the video short before any real footage or gameplay is shown, a move we understood was down to ‘respect for Infinity Ward’. Fans probably won’t be convinced of its authenticity though unless they see gameplay footage, so we may see further videos from the same user showing some gameplay. Infinity Ward won’t like to see their game released so early though, so it will be interesting to see if they decide to comment on it.

Meanwhile, the rest of the world is left feeling slightly jealous as he’s probably one of the first to get the game outside of the creators of the title. On the plus side, he probably won’t chance going into multiplayer as that will reveal his username to Infinity Ward, but he is seemingly free to play through the entire campaign mode until the game releases on November 8th.

What are your thoughts on this leak folk – Looks pretty real doesn’t it? In reality, the game has been leaked two weeks before release date if this video and story is true. Two weeks is pretty crazy when you think about it, should it even be considered as theft? We all saw what happened when the iPhone 4 prototype was leaked weeks before release, with Apple pressing charges against the gadget site – should the same thing apply here to a video game? We see over at the source website that the game seems to have come from Ebay, so how has the game managed to slip away from Infinity Ward HQ? Could it be tied to one an employee working on the game perhaps or is a matter for the police? More developments on the way.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/scottguesty Scott Ryan Guest

    if he has bought the game and its arrived with him early then of course, it should be considered fully lawful. if he can provide proof of purchase, then as a consumer he may, at the very worst, be subject to receiving stolen goods.

  • Agent75

    Even if he doesn’t have proof of purchase and doesn’t disclose who he bought it from (or store), Activision and the police would have to have evidence to press charges.  Even if he said he’d bought it off someone in the street, there’s no proof that it’s been stolen.  Activision are wasted their time.

    • Guest

      It doesn’t matter if you buy something you didnt “know” was stolen. It’s still theft by receiving

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Boon/100001359072441 Dave Boon

    “the rest of the world is left feeling slightly jealous as he’s probably one of the first to get the game outside of the creators of the title.”
    I don’t think so. I think it is pointless to get any game this early. Why can’t people wait, there isn’t a problem with waiting

  • Guest

    “the rest of the world is left feeling slightly jealous as he’s probably one of the first to get the game outside of the creators of the title.”
    I don’t think so. I’m busy playing Battlefield 3. 

  • goshawngo

    Im not jealous of a shitty game

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