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Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

“World of Warcraft” Helps Find Fugitive

January 5, 2010 by Jeanne Dupuis  
Filed under Gaming

A man has been on the run from Indiana law enforcement since a warrant for his arrest was issued back in 2007 stemming from charges related to dealing multiple controlled substances.  Incredibly, Blizzard (the company behind the incredibly popular game World of Warcraft) did what the U.S. Marshals couldn’t – they tracked down the fugitive.  wow burning crusade

Apparently, this guy, Alfred Hightower, is a big WoW fan so when he continued to elude the police, a detective remembered that he played the game. 

He contacted Blizzard and three or four months later (good to see that Blizzard takes their time responding to law enforcement as well as us regular people) he received a package of goodies. 

According to Kotaku, Blizzard gave up everything on this guy – his screen name, preferred server and both his IP and billing addresses.  All they had to do was punch that information into Google Earth and he was found in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada).  He’s now in custody.  How crazy is that?

image: Amazon

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