The person behind the big leak of the opening 40 minutes of Starfield has been arrested for allegedly stealing copies of the game, which he then tried to sell.
Earlier this week, you might have seen some warnings that Starfield leaks had started appearing online. They came courtesy of Darrin Harris, who shared footage of the game’s opening through a video filmed on his phone, uploaded to his YouTube channel. Now, as reported by Kotaku, he’s been arrested by the Shelby County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office on August 24. According to information listed on the Sheriff Office’s website, he’s been handed a felony charge for theft of property ranging in the value of $2500-10,000, a misdemeanour charge over theft of property $1000 or less, as well as a misdemeanour charge for possession of marijuana.
According to IGN, who obtained the incident report of the arrest, the stolen property is listed as “Video Game: Microsoft Starfield unreleased game.” Harris has posted his $10,000 bail, but it isn’t clear what’s next for him after his arrest.
The leaked footage was quickly taken down over copyright infringement, but this is the internet, so obviously spoilers were noted and screengrabbed, so you should still be careful if you want to go into the game spoiler free (Starfield’s achievements list has leaked too, so it really is risky business being online currently).
Weirdly, a lot of people seemed to get fixated on how Harris was playing the game, kind of leading us to our first assessment of it. “Todd [Howard], no offence man, that’s a good game,” Harris said in a video at the time. “Perfect timing, about leaving the earth and all that, it’s good stuff. Pretty swell, good moves. They were saying I play like a beginner because I’m not a game expert, I was just trying something out. That’s a good game, y’all don’t want to miss it. Starfield for real.”
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