Ex Game of War Developer Arrested For Stealing Trade Secrets
According to a new report, developer of the highly popular mobile game called Game of War, has been arrested. He allegedly stole trade secrets, which resulted in his arrest.
On August 20, Jing Zeng who is now 42, was arrested by the Federal bureau of Investigation. During his arrest, he was reportedly boarding a flight to Beijing, China, according to the report by Wall Street Journal.
Zeng allegedly stole information from Machine Zone, details were related to in-game player behavior and even how players are spending money.
Source code was not stolen though.
According to the documents featured in the report:
The data Mr. Zeng allegedly stole ‘provide valuable insight and a huge competitive advantage over other online game providers and competitors.
For now, it is unclear what he wanted to do with the data, probably looking to sell it to a rival company. The report also mentioned something interesting: Zeng was confronted by the company but he tried to use this stolen data as a bargaining chip for a severance agreement.
Machine Zone offered a three-month package but Zeng wanted more. He also gave conflicting statements regarding the number of copies he made and whether or not any are in China.
It’s a developing story, we’ll let you know as soon as more updates come our way.