Vlambeer co-founder’s backpack stolen during Sony E3 mixer

Friday, 14th June 2013 14:00 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Vlambeer co-founder Rami Ismail had his backpack stolen during Sony’s E3 mixer at the Figueroa hotel Wednesday night. According to Ismail, the backpack contained an Asus laptop, two iPads, two Vitas, a Kindle, European-US outlet converters, and “enough power cables to power E3,” he told Joystiq.

According to Ismail, he left his bag near his table for a few minutes and when he returned it someone had taken it. A police report has been filed but there are no leads at present.

Hopefully the hotel has cameras pointed at its doors.

Authorities said E3 and the events which take place during the conference are a “hotbed for burglaries.”

“It’s pretty much my entire company in that backpack,” Ismail told Joystiq.

“Basically everything Vlambeer is in the bag,” he further told Polygon. “So it kind of feels like Vlambeer got stolen. We have good backups. We take good care of everything, We’ve got decent backups to continue working. It’s just a giant pain.”

Vlambeer is a Dutch studio currently working on the multiplatform title Luftrausers, and also brought the world Super Crate Box , Serious Sam: The Random Encounter and Ridiculous Fishing.



  1. redwood

    I hope he gets it back.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. The_Red

    This is terrible. First the GiantBomb crew’s stuff gets stolen and now this :(

    #2 1 year ago

    I’d do the same only if it was Kojima.

    #3 1 year ago

    I think we can all agree that these thefts would never have happened if all the cops weren’t busy outside hassling Ouya’s booth

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Kieran

    someone is in for a big payday

    #5 1 year ago
  6. SolomanAu

    Seems pretty stupid, why not have back ups?? and why is this news??

    #6 1 year ago
  7. tezzer1985

    @2 Really, what happened to Giantbomb?

    #7 1 year ago
  8. The_Red

    I don’t know, Jeff and others were doing their thing (E3 Day 1) and suddenly, get a call from Drew that their equipment got stolen. Jeff did a video from webcam and talked about it a bit but other than that, EVERYONE on the team was super bummed :(

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Stephany Nunneley

    I wonder if these mixers have people other than journos attending – regardless what a jerk. Hopefully there was a security camera on the doors to the place. Most nice hotels have them.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Kaufer

    #6 Full quote, “Basically everything Vlambeer is in the bag,” he said. “So it kind of feels like Vlambeer got stolen. We have good backups. We take good care of everything, We’ve got decent backups to continue working. It’s just a giant pain.”

    The game is safe but despite that that’s a lot of gear stolen which happened at E3 so why wouldn’t it be news?

    #10 1 year ago
  11. fihar

    You don’t see stuffs get stolen at Cannes do you?

    Come on ESA, the level of professionalism on display still hasn’t improved and how many E3s has it been again?

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Stephany Nunneley

    @6 – It’s not like we’re telling people about some random person’s purse or wallet getting pinched. It was a game developer and it was at E3.

    We’ve reported on stuff being stolen before. Like Larian’s stuff getting nicked at Gamescom last year.

    @10 Thanks! Will add to the post.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. DSB

    And Vlambeer has really had a string of bad luck, so this is really just continuing the saga

    #13 1 year ago
  14. NocturnalB

    Easily a $3,000 backpack of goodies, and i feel like i might be low-balling with that estimate.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. olif

    Back in ’99 on a coverage of E3 for GamesMania, our secure locker inside the E3 Media Room was wiped clean of all our cameras and laptops. The Media Desk at E3 sold us all padlocks that could be opened with one another’s keys. We were not the ones to get equipment stolen that year, unfortunately.

    ESA representatives shrugged it off and pointed to a ‘we are not responsible for lost or stolen items’ poster stuck to the wall. *Inside the Media Room*.

    Perhaps if they wasted less time with stupid ideas such as sponsoring SOPA or going after the OUYA both on the parking lot (a space which, by the way, has hosted all sort of companies outside of E3 for decades like 3D Realms and even ATI), they could keep tabs on security at the event.

    #15 1 year ago

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