posted on Jun, 4 2013 @ 01:20 PM
Late last night the offices of Los Angeles-based independent game studio Robotoki were stormed by the Los Angeles Police Department after a curious
designer pressed the building's "panic" button, studio founder Robert Bowling told Polygon.
The 911 response ended in a tense showdown with a life-sized statue of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's Simon "Ghost" Riley, which the police mistook
for a gunman.
Earlier today reports circulated that the studio had been the victim of a "swatting" prank, in which a third party tricks law enforcement authorities
or emergency services by providing details of a made-up threat, triggering an emergency response dispatch to the target of the prank. Swatting pranks
are not limited to 911 calls; swatters can spoof a victim's phone number, obtain and use a victim's personal information or hack phone and computer
Bowling clarified that it wasn't a prank, but the mischievousness of an unnamed designer that brought the LAPD to his door.
edit on 4-6-2013 by MuzzleBreak because: (no reason given)
edit on 4-6-2013 by Gazrok because:
Corrected spelling in title for easier search