Activision and Treyarch are poised with a problem right now. Call of Duty: Black Ops has leaked online and gamers will be downloading the title very shortly. Though leaks are nothing new to the industry, when a leak of a AAA title occurs, the publisher and developer quickly try to find the source of the leak and patch it before any harm can be done. Last year, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was leaked early and the problem was taken care of with the cooperation of police and private instigators. Currently, Treyarch’s community manager, John Olin, is making an effort to stop the leak but through a means that is less than aggressive: negotiation.
Is this the best means of going about the problem?