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Attempted robbery at Robotoki offices

By Rachel Weber

Attempted robbery at Robotoki offices

Thu 09 Jan 2014 8:49am GMT / 3:49am EST / 12:49am PST

"I confronted the two males in the lobby" says Bowling

Robotoki, the studio headed up by former Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling, was the scene of an attempted robbery just after 7pm last night.

After facing down the robbers Bowling took to social media to share the news and video of the break in.

"At around 7:20 pm after all the staff had left, with exception to myself and our lead FX artist, two males approached the front door of Robotoki and hit the security glass with a rock and began kicking in the weakened glass," Bowling told Polygon.

"I began running towards the lobby from my second floor office as soon as I heard the rock hit. I confronted the two males in the lobby, where only one had gained entry."

The robbers fled when confronted by Bowling and nothing was taken, but Robotoki is appealing for any information anyone might have about the break in. The company is currently working on zombie title Human Element, but Bowling assured fans that all development assets have been backed up.

It's not the first time the Robotoki offices have been the scene of unwelcome excitement, in May last year the combination of a mistakenly activated panic button and a statue of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Ghost led to a visit from the LAPD.

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Paul Smith Dev

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Probably not the best idea to have that Mac in full public view.

Posted:2 years ago


Alexander Bentchev Senior Producer, CultureTranslate

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" in May last year the combination of a mistakenly activated panic button and a statue of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Ghost led to a visit from the LAPD."
Their attempts to make the subject comply with their requests to drop his weapon must have been comedy gold.

Not only were the burglars unfortunate that night but fortunately for Bowling they just took off when confronted.
Coulda been ugly.

Posted:2 years ago


Mark Nelson Games/Level Designers

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Their offices must be in a very relaxed, low crime area. The smash-and-grab would have happened the VERY FIRST NIGHT in my hometown (NYC, USA). Also, the criminals would have added the contents of his pockets to their shopping list...

Posted:2 years ago


Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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Land Snark: Well, the letters R-O-B are in big type on that door, soooo I guess those would be thieves were simply doing what they saw fit.

Still, yeaaahhh. Leaving an expensive computer on that desk would get that whole building jacked if it was here in NYC...

EDIT: All kidding aside, glad to read no one was hurt. Been burgled myself once many years back (some folks creeped in while I was sleeping and swiped some stuff) and it's NO fun at all.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Greg Wilcox on 9th January 2014 11:04pm

Posted:2 years ago


Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

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You could tell that those burglars have only the intention of stealing stuff quick and easy without any hassle, otherwise it could have been a different story. Glad no one was hurt, hope they catch them before they get savvy.

Posted:2 years ago


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