Copies were stolen and the footage was then uploaded online
The starfield According to a police report obtained by Polygon, the leaker was arrested last week not for uploading 45 minutes of the unreleased game but for stealing 67 copies of it. Darin Harris, 29, was arrested days after the footage was uploaded and charged with theft — stealing, not disclosure.
dozens of starfield Copies were stolen from a warehouse in Memphis, Tennessee owned by Vantiva, a logistics company that handles supply chain management and order fulfillment. According to an incident report from the Memphis Police Department, the 67 copies of the game are worth $2,500. (Actual value is likely higher. If all copies were Standard Editions, total retail value would be more than $4,600. starfieldCollector’s Edition is $299.99.)
After receiving the game, Harris uploaded 45 minutes of footage on August 22, and cellphone video of his screen quickly went viral – both because of the nature of the footage and the player’s perceived lack of skill. Harris reportedly sold several copies of it starfield on e-commerce platform Mercari, Kotaku reported. He later released videos sending out copies of the game.
“Todd, no offense, man. It’s a good game.” Harris said in a video while smoking a blunt, apparently related to starfield Game Director Todd Howard. “Perfect timing when it comes to leaving Earth and stuff.” Harris continued, “They said I play like a rookie because I’m not a game expert; I just tried something. This is a good game – you all don’t want to miss it. starfieldreally.”
Harris began shutting down his social media accounts days later before being arrested and charged on August 24. Local news agency Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that police had obtained a search warrant for Harris’ home. They found a FedEx package with a copy of starfield sealed inside and six copies of the game in two editions, along with marijuana and three handguns, one of which was reportedly stolen. According to the affidavit obtained by the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Harris told police that he bought the games.
In addition to the felony charge, Harris was charged with two misdemeanors — one for possession of marijuana and one for stealing property valued at $1,000 or less. The theft charge applies to property valued at $2,500 to $10,000. Harris was released on August 25 on $10,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on September 8.
Polygon has reached out to both Microsoft and Vantiva for more information.