Call of Duty: Black Ops hype results in armed robbery
Black Ops hype attracks criminals in the US
With the hype and hysteria surrounding this evening’s midnight launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops reaching breaking point, the hotly tipped ‘Game of the Year’ has caused fans in the US to resort to crime as two men reportedly used firearms to rob a game retailer of its CoD: Black Ops copies.
The incident, which took place at a GameStop store in Baltimore, Maryland saw at least two men armed with semi-automatic handguns charge the retailer at closing time on Saturday, forcing two helpless customers into a storage area before taking off with more than 100 copies of the Black Ops game.
“Call of Duty: Black Ops isn’t out there ’til Tuesday, so anybody that has it today or tomorrow shouldn’t have it,” said Monica Worrell, a spokesperson for the area’s sheriff’s office before urging residents to report and incidents of people trying to sell copies of the Call of Duty title ahead of release.
Much of the excitement surrounding tonight’s Call of Duty: Black Ops launch comes from the success of its franchise predecessor, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 which became the fastest selling game ever last November before grossing $1 billion by January.