It seems this year’s E3 featured a number of high-profile thefts, including camera gear stolen from outlets Giant Bomb and Polygon. Developers didn’t get away scot-free either, with Ridiculous Fishing developer Vlambeer losing a backpack full of tablets, handheld consoles and code for its latest game, Luftrausers.
According to a story by Brian Crecente on Polygon, Vlambeer’s gear was pilfered from the pool bar of the Figueroa Hotel in Los Angeles on June 13, not far from the LA Convention Center where E3 is held.
Unlike developer Indie Stone, which was left somewhat devastated after the theft of the source code and assets of Project Zomboid back in 2011, Vlambeer had the sense to keep regular backups of Luftrausers (or at least, not keep the sole copy of the game on a single machine).
While it’s by no means the end of the world for Vlambeer, as an indie dev, losing a backpack full of development hardware will take the wind out of your sails. From Polygon:
“Basically everything Vlambeer is in the bag,” he said. “So it kind of feels like Vlambeer got stolen. We have good backups. We take good care of everything, We’ve got decent backups to continue working. It’s just a giant pain”.