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The infamous leaker that revealed 45 minutes of Bethesda’s upcoming movie starfield was arrested after allegedly trying to sell stolen copies of the sci-fi action role-playing game.
According to Kotaku, Darin Tyrone Harris was arrested in Shelby County, Tennessee for stealing $2,500 to $10,000 worth of property. Other charges included theft of property valued less than $1,000 and possession of marijuana. These fees also appeared on “Recently Booked”. Harris, Bethesda, and Microsoft did not immediately respond to this outlet’s request for comment.
Gameplay was leaked on August 22nd starfield began to appear online. The videos were soon removed from YouTube due to copyright claims by ZeniMax Media, Bethesda’s parent company. Still, the footage has resurfaced on several other platforms since its release. Harris, identified as a leaker, is said to have later listed copies of Starfield, including the special Constellation Edition, on Mercari, an online marketplace headquartered in Japan. It’s currently unclear if Harris’ arrest is related to the leaks and the appearance of those copies of the game online.
In recent years, there have been several high-profile cases in which companies have pursued legal action against leakers. A teenager from London, UK is suspected of having leaked GTA 6 Information was arrested in 2022. Earlier in the year, Wizards of the Coast hired the Pinkerton detective agency to seize leaked cards, sparking controversy for the company.
starfield The official release is scheduled for September 6th, with early access available for some players as early as September 1st.