As much as some of us out there would like to see Game of War go away because of its pay-to-win micro transaction system, it would appear that it continues to do very well, and apparently at this juncture it needs to be so that they can have a strong group of lawyers on hand.
Turns out that a disgruntle employee, who started at the company is November of 2014, stole some very important files from the company on his way out the door. You see it was soon after he was hired that he started clashing with managers at the studio and it was decided that he should probably seek employment elsewhere, so near the very end of his stay he download more than 100 files on in-game gamer behavior (a nice bit of data that could give another company a leg up if they were to be in direct competition with Machine Zone (the developers of Game of War).
So to make sure that he got a real sweet severance package he dangled the stolen files out in front of the company, which he is/was storing on an external hard drive. Now instead of bending to his demands the company sought out federal help in capturing this person. He was caught at the San Francisco airport trying to board a plan to China.
So now there's going to be a trial, and if he, a man named Jing Zeng, is convicted with the maximum penalty he will face a $250,000 fine as well as 10 years in jail.
My one question about this whole situation is if after he knew that this leverage was not going to work on Machine Zone did he distribute the files to anyone, perhaps a company in China? I guess we'll find out as the trial starts and decides this man's fate, or maybe we won't. Let's face it if you had your trade secrets distributed you might not immediately come out and say that they have been stolen, also how can they prove that another company utilized those secrets to their advantages, especially if its a foreign company.
Oh and just to make things all the more crazy it turns out that they are already in a lawsuit with the company Kabam over the rumor that Kabam might have in its possession information about a secret fundraising attempt by Machine Zone. So it would appear that there's going to be a lot of lawyers' retainers being paid for a good chunk of the future.