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Sony hit by London riots

Warehouse fire could affect CD, Blu-ray and DVD distribution

A fire at a Sony warehouse in Enfield could could delay deliveries of Sony products. The entertainment company is just one of the many buisnesses hit by the recent London riots.

No injuries have been reported, but the 20,000 square metre storage facility, which is operated by subsidiary Sony DADC and handles distribution of Blu-rays, CDs and DVDs, was still in flames this morning, with fire fighters on the scene.

"There will likely be some impact on deliveries," Yoko Yasukochi, a Sony spokeswoman told Reuters.

"We cannot determine the cause of the fire or the extent of the damage yet because it's not possible to enter the building," she added.

Reports from the scene suggest the warehouse was looted before being set alight by youths with petrol bombs.

The news caused a two per cent drop in Sony share prices.

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How did these youths know it was a sony warehouse
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So they won't have any games for their nicked PS3s now.
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Alex Loffstadt Community Manager, Outso Ltd8 years ago
@Dr Chee I suspect the rioters had no idea and that any number of warehouses, businesses etc. It just happened to be a Sony warehouse that was hit and sparked an article.

Lot of Devs based in London including SCEE hope everyone is safe and sound.
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Nick McCrea Gentleman, Pocket Starship8 years ago
"We cannot determine the cause of the fire".

I'll take a wild guess here and suggest that some arseholes set fire to it.
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Sam Cobley Director, Undrawn Reality8 years ago
The massive Sony logo on the warehouse probably gave it away Dr. Chee.
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David Wicks Editor / Co-Founder, Gamers Heaven8 years ago
I read on the twitterverse that sony HQ in london was hit too? been a bad year for sony... thoughts go out to all effected...
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its unlikely the Sony HQ or any of the other publisher HQ were hit. Sony HQ itself is right in central London near Soho and liberty's.

From the news cams, the Sony distribution centre looks very extensive, with a well placed signage (which survived)

The main concern will be for Devs who live in the "trendier" parts of town like camden, ealing and such.
I suspect the bobbies will be out in force today, lets see what the PM suggest.

Armed TA on the main townships should be readied (but maybe that means a PR and lose off face. nevertheless there should be a stop today and going into tonight)

Be safe folks. There are 16000 bobbies on the beat tonight, and the question is will the opportunistic anarchist try to stir up any problems tonight and for the future .

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Dr. Chee Ming Wong on 9th August 2011 12:06pm

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Antony Cain Lecturer, Teesside University8 years ago
The whole situation is sickening; what the hell is wrong with people? A shop window gets smashed and anyone within 100 yards loses their mind. It's probably not too long before gaming gets an unreasonable share of the blame, either.
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its obviously a rage virus - precursor of planet of the human apes and zombie madness....
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John Donnelly Quality Assurance 8 years ago
I though it was illegal for the army (TA) included to operate on the streets?
I might be wrong but they only operated in Northern Ireland which is considered to be its own little entity even though it part of the UK.

We have water cannon here but again they are illegal in England and Wales (Not sure about Scotland but probally is illegal there too)

Anthony.. Mob mentality pure and simple.
You have some people who want to cause trouble and they can lead others in to joining them and when there is large numbers people are more inclined to do stuff they normall would not. Saftey in numbers and all.
Also boredom and feeling disenfranchised by society also can play their parts. With youth unemployment and the prospects for jobs looking low for lots of people its also a form of protest but its also an excuse just to cause alot of damage.
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Tommy Thompson Studying Artificial Intelligence (PhD), University of Strathclyde8 years ago
@Antony:

The press are way ahead of you:
http://kotaku.com/5828924/london-riots-i...
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Antony Cain Lecturer, Teesside University8 years ago
Hah, GTA was the first game in mind when I wrote my comment. It obviously contained subliminal messages waiting to be triggered by the sound of broken glass

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Antony Cain on 9th August 2011 12:59pm

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I seriously doubt if gta will influence folks to do anything, but i think its easy for social media to help spread the general mood of a carnical atmosphere of chaos. Afterall, with laughable justice laws, lack of consequence and hard time and lack of jail cells, i doubt if the bobby's are strong enough to clamp down on the mob, and maybe..the local copper is a bit afraid as well.

In addition, there are underaged elements as well involved. I doubt if we're able to lock them up, and police force may be too much overwhelming force. Its a really tough crux, but thats what you get in a country without the traditional spare the rod mentality.

You only have to look at the various comprehensive schools to see its a challenging situation.

its a damned if you do, damned if you dont situation.

Where is Judge Dredd Stallone when you need em

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Dr. Chee Ming Wong on 9th August 2011 1:08pm

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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 8 years ago
First a major hacking incident, and now this, christ almighty.
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Andrew Lee Pearson Studying Game Designer, Train2Game8 years ago
Who needs terrorists when were quite capable of causing more damage ourselves.
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Martin Scales Studying Game Developement, Train2Game8 years ago
games shouldn't be blamed for all of this but instead maybe pointing the finger at high ranking officials, all kids see in the newspapers are police scandals and government official steals from public taxes.
There is so much corruption in this society/government how can we expect to set an example to the younger generation if the "grown ups" can't follow the law themselves.

I do feel for Sony though they always seem to be attacked one way or another.

The rumors are false about the Sony HQ in london it was completely untouched. The riots wasn't in central London they was in all council estate areas where poverty is high.
Last night the west end was quiet i was working on regent street all night long and it was business as usual for a lot of places.
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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend8 years ago
Of course video games are to blame; from the violent think sponge reprogramming that Donkey Kong, Pong or Pacman did in the 70's (which is why riots in the 70's all looked so bad; shitty pixel art), up to the present Grand Theft Auto games churning out homicidal riot maniacs (riots now have far nicer graphics).

There is only one solution:
BURN ALL VIDEO GAMES!!!
BAN ALL ENTERTAINMENT!!!!
TAKE AWAY INDIVIDUAL CHOICE!!!!!
IMPRISION ALL GAMERS!!!!

(ok, that was four...)


Yes, I am being sarcastic..... ;)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Darren Adams on 9th August 2011 2:29pm

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John Donnelly Quality Assurance 8 years ago
See.. In GTA as in life there is law enforcement.
I have been hunted down by the army many times when I was playing the game and could not lower my wanted level in the past.

If games are to blame maybe the goverment should use GTA style law enforcement to solve the problems they feel are crreated by games.
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