In August 2015 two friends drove from Iowa to Boston for the Pokemon World Championships and along with the ride were an AR-15, a 12 gauge shotgun, and a several butt-tons of ammunition. James Stumbo and Kevin Norton were prevented from entering the event by private security, who had been made aware of threats they had making about the event and other players. Boston Police then found the guns after seizing their car and performing a warranted search. Stumbo had posted a message on facebook showing the guns with an ominous caption about the event, which might have tipped off the authorities about his intentions:
At the time the Stumbo claimed the post was taken "out of context", but that defense wasn't enough to stop the pair from pleading guilty for unlawful possession of firearms and getting two years in prison.
Twitch streaming is a place for gamers with larger-than-life skills or (more often) larger-than-life personalities. Such is the case of "Mr. Big" who on October 1, 2015 was visited by the police after his neighbor complained about his loud reactions while streaming a few rounds of the multiplayer game New Z. In a truly cringe-worthy display of constitutional defense, "Mr. Big" does everything in his power to stand up to the cop, repeatedly questioning the officer's demands and refusing to give his name and information. As the officer repeatedly attempts to lecture the streamer (who had long-ago abandoned any ability to be shamed in his own apartment) Mr. Big continually rebuffs any assertion of wrong-doing. The police officer is clearly annoyed by this back and forth and when the argument reaches a certain point he gives up and leads the streamer out of view of the camera to arrest him.
Then, in the twist of the century, barely a minute later, the streamer's own neighbor walks THROUGH THE OPEN DOOR OF THE APARTMENT AND STARTS STEALING STUFF LIVE ON CAMERA.
Honestly nobody "wins" in this situation as both the police officer and the streamer are too puffed up to come out looking like the cooler head. But getting busted for a noise ordinance, only to actually have felony robbery committed while it's happening? Nobody deserves that. The world's shittiest neighbor is reported to have stolen a wallet, cellphone, gaming headset, and a pair of Air Jordans. Luckily the robber was caught on-cam several times and was easily identified.
The free-to-play mobile games industry is way bigger than many people realize, raking in billions of dollars across the world and the competition among them can be incredibly fierce. While other game genres focus on story, gameplay, and graphics the mobile market actually relies more on psychology and behavioral models. Each hit game fine-tuning their experience to maximize dollars from their audience and keep them playing (this is similar to how slot machines are developed). So when a former executive at Machine Zone, who make the ubiquitously advertised Game of War: Fire Age, is caught boarding to plane to Shanghai with a hard drive full of user data (stuff including their spending patterns and play habits) it was KIND OF A BIG DEAL.
Jing Zeng had downloaded the data after he was let go from the company and tried to leverage that info for a larger severance package for himself (that's blackmail by the way, and also not smart). Considering the high-stakes we're dealing with, it could be said that this data was worth MILLIONS of dollars in the right hands and a massive prize in the world of industrial espionage. Mr. Zeng is actively seeking to have the charges dismissed and has plead not-guilty of any wrongdoing.
The older gamers reading this might remember a long time ago when Valve actually made sequels to their beloved games. In the heady days of 2003 PC gamers were eagerly awaiting the impossibly hyped and unbearingly delayed Half-Life 2, which had been teasing players with the promise of incredible leaps in graphics, storytelling, and in-game physics. So when a random hacker managed to get onto Valve's servers and steal the source code to Gordon Freeman's next-gen adventure a FULL YEAR before its actual release (at a time when P2P networks meant that it could be easily distributed to even filhty casuals), it was like an atom bomb that rocked the gaming industry and more importantly PISSED GABE NEWELL OFF TO AN UNBELIEVABLE DEGREE. After community efforts to catch the hacker turned up fruitless, Gaben received an email from a lonely German fan named Axel Gembe, who admitted to the crime and OFFERED HIS SERVICES as a security expert, thinking that this arrangement would atone for hurting a company whose games he really truly appreciated.
Not one to let bygones be bygones, Gabe immediately contacted the FBI and together they set up a sting for Gembe to come over for a "job interview" to join Valve's in-house security team. The trap was set and they were ready to grab the hapless hacker before he even took two steps onto precious American soil. Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you're comparing the quality of criminal justice systems), the hacker was arrested by German authorities before he could board the airplane. Admitting to accessing Valve's servers (but NOT to distributing the code) Axel only got two years' probation for the whole kerfuffle.