Two sets of thieves in France make off with over $1 million in copies of Modern Warfare 3

two sets of thieves in france make off with over 1 million copies modern warfare 3 call duty wallpaperAnd we thought Apple fans were dedicated. With just one more day until the eagerly anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is released, the excitement and demand for the game is palpable. Apparently nowhere more so than in France, where on Saturday two men armed with tear gas and knives made off with an estimated 6,000 copies of the game.

According to a report from GameSpot, which is citing a French news broadcast, two men approached a delivery truck in a southern suburb of Paris known as Créteil at 7:30 AM Saturday morning, and rammed the truck. When the delivery driver and the truck’s passengers exited, they were hit with tear gas, then threatened by two masked men wielding knives. The thieves then drove off in the delivery truck.

The report claimed that the van contained only Call of Duty games, estimated at nearly  €400,000, or around $550,000.

As police were on the scene to investigate, a second delivery truck was also hit at 8:30 AM in suburb of Mantes-la-Jolie on the west side of Paris. The website LeParisian.fr reports that a second truck was stopped by a car blocking its path. When the driver began to investigate, three masked men–one armed with a handgun–made off with the truck containing around  €380,000 Euros worth of Call of Duty copies.  

The combined haul netted the theives  €780,000 in Call of Duty games, or roughly $1,071,800. Police have yet to make an arrest.

Perhaps the strangest part of this Call of Duty theft is that it is not the first time that it has happened. Last year armed thieves in Maryland stole four crates filled with Call of Duty: Black Ops and made off with around 100 copies, and that was actually the second such robbery in the area.

But for those that can resist the urge to perpetrate a felony in order to get their hands on the game, numerous retailers will begin to sell the game tonight at midnight, as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 officially releases tomorrow.

Gaming

Blizzard wants to see Diablo characters join fray in ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’

With Diablo 3 coming to Switch later this year, is it possible that we could see Blizzard characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate down the line? Blizzard would very much like to see Diablo characters in the Nintendo brawler.
Mobile

A library at your fingertips: The 101 best free Kindle books

You shouldn't always have to pay for a good read. Here are our picks for the best free Kindle books, so you don't have to sort through thousands of titles on Amazon and Google Play. We divided them into various genres, so dive in.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Netflix in August 2018, from ‘Her’ to ‘Jurassic Park’

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, subdued humor, or anything in between.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

Amazon Prime brings more perks than just free two-day shipping. Subscribers get access to a huge library of TV shows to stream at no extra cost. Here are our favorite TV shows currently available on Amazon Prime.
Home Theater

What’s new on Amazon Prime Video (September 2018)

Amazon Prime Video adds new titles each month that are available for free to all Prime members. Check out our list to find all the content hitting Amazon Prime Video in August and September 2018, from new comedies to terrifying horror…
Gaming

Blazer5 Gaming has dominated the NBA 2K League. Now they prepare for the playoffs

We spoke with Blazer5 Gaming, the NBA 2K team that currently tops the professional 2K League, about their journeys to playing the basketball sim for a living. We also played a little game of overrated or underrated with NBA 2K19's ratings.
Gaming

Blizzard changes its tune, says ‘Overwatch’ could run on Nintendo Switch

Blizzard's hugely popular multiplayer shooter Overwatch isn't available on Nintendo Switch, but one of the studio's senior producers says that it could technically run on the hybrid console.
Gaming

‘Warframe’ adds a trio of minigames, including a 2D fighting experience

Digital Extremes has added a new 2D fighting mini-game to Warframe, its free-to-play science fiction title. The game can be unlocked by using the Standing resource and features a surprising amount of depth.
Gaming

New 'Fortnite' challenge is among the most difficult yet, but we know the solution

Where are the Stone Heads looking? That's the challenge posed by Fortnite's sixth week of season five. It's an easy challenge in concept, but difficult to manage in execution. If you don't want a hassle, no sweat. We've found the solution.
Gaming

The PlayStation 5 rumors are heating up, and the console may arrive by 2020

Recent rumors suggest the launch of the PlayStation 5 is closer than you might expect. Predictions range from 2018 to 2021, and some reports are already making definitive claims about the hardware.
Gaming

Federal judge puts the brakes on ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ mod that allowed cheats

The GTA series brought us the lawlessness of Los Santos, but U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton handed down an injunction against David Zipperer of Georgia, maker of the Menyoo and Absolute mods.
Home Theater

They’re not just for gaming: Watch Blu-rays on the Xbox One S and Xbox One X

While the Xbox One S and Xbox One X boost the visuals of your games, they also can pull double-duty as Blu-ray players, but there's a bit of set up needed. Need help? Here's our guide on how to watch Blu-rays on the Xbox One S and X.
Product Review

'Battle for Azeroth' lets you play Warcraft without canceling evening plans

‘Battle for Azeroth’ promises to put you in the middle of a new war between the Alliance and Horde. The plot too quickly unravels into dull fetch quests, but the game’s variety keeps you itching to log in it even as the story…
Deals

Relive the glory days of arcade games with hot deals on Arcade1Up cabinets

Looking for a way to enjoy classic arcade games the right way? The new Arcade1Up machines have you covered. They're surprisingly affordable, too, with an MSRP of $400, but if you pre-order now, you can score one for only $300.