Xbox 720 leaker claims he was raided by police

Tuesday, 19th February 2013 10:08 GMT By Dave Cook

An Xbox 720 leaker known by his Twitter name “SuperDaE” has allegedly been raided by police, following a string of leaks surrounding Microsoft’s new console.

The affair started with the following tweets:

The person in question is rumoured to be a developer at Microsoft, and has been linked to the auctioning of an Xbox 720 dev kit on eBay. Rumours known to have come from this person are that Xbox 720 requires an always on net connection, and that it has integrated Kinect functionality.

The source is suspected of setting up this eBay auction:

Bidding closed today at $50,100.

What do you make of the above?

Thanks OXM and GameChup.



  1. Hunam

    Is it usual in America for police and FBI to do companies dirty work?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. SplatteredHouse

    Those NDAs sure are srs bzness, huh.
    He sold something that wasn’t his to sell. The guy’s an idiot. If he didn’t have it to sell in the first place, then he’s guilty of fraud to the tune of 50k+ AUD.
    Woe betide him if Microsoft decide to pursue legal action. If there’s a dev kit in the wild, that could be really harmful to them, if a pirate were to pull apart copy protection methods before the boxes are even with paying customers. That auction’s illegal, and ebay probably felt obliged to pass his details on to the authorities.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. twisted89

    He wasn’t raided because of the devkit, he has mentioned before they were after him for other reasons.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. The_Red

    So, he was trying to sell “Microsoft” property on “eBay” via “Paypal”?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough


    Yep. You’re right. Police should not get involved when it comes to theft of property, serious fraud and breach of legal agreement.

    I mean, you know, it’s just a series of major crimes. What’s it got to do with the police?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Fin



    #6 2 years ago
  7. Mike W



    #7 2 years ago
  8. Zarckan

    If you’re a dick, then you’ll get fucked, simple!

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Samoan Spider

    What a muppet. Honestly, what did he expect? And if they were after him for other reasons, then surely doing something high profile like this was REALLY stupid.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. xxJPRACERxx

    Yeah, the dev kit was not his. It’s exactly like selling a car you just stole. Of course you’ll get arrested.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. ps3fanboy

    i hope it was a durango pc and it are in the hands of pirates. the protection will be cracked and these brainwashed fat americans can sit there, with their drm maxed out idiot box with constant online features.. hahaha.. while we that choose ps4 will be free from the drm crap :)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Samoan Spider

    @11 You’re deluded if you think the Ps4 will be DRM free. Otherwise it wont sell because there’ll be no games. Sony is a business, not you’re friend.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. ps3fanboy


    the ps3 did sell well and it was this gen least pirated. and they didn’t need to have people to pay for playing online either. so sony don’t need drm, it do fine without…

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Samoan Spider

    Sony has DRM which was smashed open by Geohot and then after all the court shenanigans the guy gets a visit to Sony for talks and now his resume seems to be incomplete since he left facebook, makes me think he’ll be helping the good guys this time. Whilst it was the least pirated, it still had plenty of piracy and enough to make sure that there will be DRM next time. As I see it, since both devices appear to be supporting 100gb Bluray, that really means they’ll be using markedly similar drives and standards. Therefore not a massive jump to assume that any always on/one time activation DRM will be present with both systems.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. salarta

    I’ve never really felt that piracy was a major problem for the industry.

    The naive perception is “If people can download it for free then they WILL download it for free,” and every single download is viewed as a loss of a potential sale. It’s a lot more complex than the suits at these companies believe it is. Among people that pirate, you have people that want to try the game out before buying it because they’re on the fence, and you also have people that actually can’t afford to buy many games. In addition, the number of downloads is not equal to the number of people in the first place. Sometimes a person will download it more than once from the site on other computers, or they might download it once, delete it, then download it again.

    No, I consider the cries of “piracy is to blame” to be first and foremost execs imagining ways to fill their pockets with more money, and excuses for why games they put out do not net them millions of copies sold. It’s right up there with “used game sales, “console volatility,” and “it’s the fans’ fault for lack of interest” as shitty excuses for why they don’t get what they want from games full of half-assed effort and insulting creative decisions.

    Contrary to what a lot of these companies’ execs like to believe, the majority of gamers do, in fact, want to pay for what they like most because they understand supporting what you like is the only way to get more of it. Especially if the games come on physical discs instead of downloads, and those physical discs do not require “code validation” or an always-on internet connection (unless it’s an MMO) or other stupid crap. A physical disc adds a sense of ownership and works great with collector types, which is very often most people that play games (e.g. Pokemon).

    #15 2 years ago
  16. deathm00n

    @15 You are right, and there’s people with old PCs that don’t know if the game will works in it. Pirating you can see if it works and then buy it. Of course this could be solved if there was a way to measure if the game runs or not, or if all the games had demos.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Samoan Spider

    @16 if all games had demo’s it’d be perfect, but there is this => for those times when you’re not sure. Its not perfect of all inclusive, but its pretty helpful for the uninitiated. Piracy I don’t think is the right answer to the ‘will it run?’ question. (This from someone who is never concerned about things not running btw so I’m not easily swayed on that arguement by virtue of having a decent enough pc)

    #17 2 years ago
  18. salarta

    @16, 17: I don’t think in usual terms that testing to see if the game will work on the computer is a reason for piracy, but I suppose it could be one.

    I doubt demos will be viable because we already know that big publishers are trying to find excuses to make people pay for demos. Capcom almost pulled this with Mega Man Legends 3 before killing the project and blaming fans supposedly not having enough interest despite how much BS that line is. This is one of the many reasons that I think Sony and Microsoft considering the route of disallowing used games on their consoles is a bad route. The used games market is a form of checks and balances for quality and fair corporate behavior. If the game is good and the price is reasonable, you won’t see many used copies of the game available, but if you see a lot, it means companies need to make better products and give a fair price for them. Without that, you get more half-assed games sold at ridiculously high prices, and there’s a good chance that companies would start requiring people to pay for demos because they would know there’s no alternative for consumers to try the game.

    #18 2 years ago

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