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Vlambeer suffers E3 theft

Vlambeer suffers E3 theft

Fri 14 Jun 2013 7:49am GMT / 3:49am EDT / 12:49am PDT
EventsDevelopmentE3 2013

Ridiculous Fishing dev a victim of crime at trade show

Vlambeer, the developer behind Ridiculous Fishing and Super Crate Box, lost a significant amount of hardware and the code for its new title Luftrauser after the items were stolen at E3.

"Basically everything Vlambeer is in the bag," co-founder Rami Ismail told Polygon.

"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."

Polygon also reported a theft, and local authorities told Ismail that E3 attendees were at risk.

"When I said a bag with hardware was stolen they said, 'Are you down for the convention?' Apparently, there had been quite a few reports about stuff that was stolen. They actually mentioned that it was likely people had been targeting people that were at the convention."

The items that were stolen included a laptop, iPads, a Vita and a Vita test kit, and a Kindle Fire. Polygon lost a camera. Despite the reports, the ESA said the incidents this year had been "minimal."

"Our security team and attendees did an excellent job in securing valuables on-site. There were minimal occurrences this year and we appreciate everyone's vigilance in following common sense procedures."

8 Comments

gi biz
;,pgc.eu

341 51 0.1
Encrypting your important data is never too much. That's a "common sense procedure", as they say. You don't need to go as far as encrypting the whole root partition, but with tools as truecrypt it's so ridiculously easy there's no excuse for not doing it. Luckily for them they had sound backups at least.

Posted:A year ago

#1

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,148 1,061 0.5
Given all the so-called security and such it allegedly takes to get into the convention center, I wonder if it's either some inside job or worse, E3 stilll allowing people to get in who shouldn't be there. I've only been to a few, but each one has had a theft incident and you know it's not some journalist trying to get a scoop in the worst way possible...

Posted:A year ago

#2

Andrew
Animator

148 158 1.1
Diligence is the best way to avoid this. Presumably the bag with all that hardware was left unattended.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Micaiah Stevens
Owner & Freelance Game Designer

13 6 0.5
Love all the victim blaming in this. Being stolen from happens to everyone.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Paul Johnson
Managing Director / Lead code monkey

806 1,002 1.2
It's easy enough to lose a bag, happens all the time. But if these guys brought a PC with their latest games source code on it, they deserve all they get. I mean, really? That's misreporting, right?

Posted:A year ago

#5

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,148 1,061 0.5
@Paul/others: Not if it's the security doing the theft. It happens in some cases where you may THINK something is safe but it's gone and yeah, no one gets caught or found out because they happen to be the first ones reported to before the cops roll up an can alibi away because no one saw them until they popped up once summoned.

That said, backups kind of help and in a safe place at the home base, at that.

Amusingly enough (or not so amusingly enough), I can recall when a certain torrent site was sunk by the feds and all its content destroyed, there seemed to be many folks ranting that ALL their data they stored there was gone for good, so it goes all ways in terms of keeping some sort of important files elsewhere, I suppose...

Posted:A year ago

#6

Paul Johnson
Managing Director / Lead code monkey

806 1,002 1.2
It's not that they had "stuff" stolen, that's hardly their fault even if there wasn't any fail in general security- it's the bloody criminals who commit crime and let's not forget it.

But taking source code out of your secure environment into one that's about as insecure as possible is just plain ridiculous. This would be a sackable offense in a big studio, and rightly so - the damage could run into millions. I am actually amazed they would admit to this part in public, hence my misreporting question.

Posted:A year ago

#7

Makeda De'Jene
Creative Director & Founder

15 26 1.7
I was there this year and they were SUPER anal about who was let into the media registration room. So it was definitely another journalist being a douche.

Posted:A year ago

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