November 6, 2011
Gamer pays over $1700 for early access to MW3
With any new game release that has a colossal fan base and gets the kind of hype that would convince chubbs that fat camp is a chocolate factory, there are leaks. Modern Warfare 3 has been obtained by quite a few people in the week or two prior to its release and have been taking advantage of the opportunity.
How people got their hands on the game early is debatable as many of the “early” copies seem to be legit non pirated copies of the game. One source was a Kmart that inadvertently started selling the game before its release, roughly around the 6th or so, and perhaps employees of game stores have been taking advantage of the shipments they get in preparation of MW3’s midnight release. Either way the ridiculous fact is that some of these individuals aren’t simply getting their obnoxious game fix.
MW3 has been seen on personal sale sites such as craigslist and ebay for an insane amount of money. One ebay bid for the game closed at around $1500, another individual was found to have paid over $1700 for an early copy. Even if that came with the console to play it that is not even close to justifiable. Earlier I saw an ebay listing for the game, just the game, listed at $1170. This type of scheming is not unheard of in the gaming world and obtaining early access certainly isn’t, but preying on weak minded individuals with more money than sense crosses a bit of a line in my book.
Taking advantage of idiots aside, what is Activision doing about this? Not much. As long as the game was obtained legally in a non pirated manner Activision has no intent of banning accounts over it. This isn’t to say however that they wont leave your account entirely untouched if you get caught playing early, as they do not support or condone early play before the 8th. If you paid full price to Activision for the game you wont get banned, but beyond that nothing has been made clear, you may start up a match Tuesday morning only to find that your level 3 prestige and every unlock and award you obtained from early access has been reset clear back to nothing. But at least you still have your account. Honestly though if you have obtained and been playing a copy of MW3 and weren’t smart enough to unplug the Ethernet while doing so, its unlikely you’ll see any repercussions for doing so. Activision got their money and don’t seem to interested in bringing down the hammer on paying customers this close to release.
That said, if you obtained a pirated copy to not only get early access but get it free or worse sold a pirated copy for personal gain from someone else’s hard work, well Lord help you because your going to need to learn how to sleep with one eye open and train yourself on the perfect method for hanging on to soap, you also might want to brush up on your toothbrush shiv making skills.