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Police who killed innocent man during Call of Duty swatting incident won’t be charged

At the tail end of 2017, a Call of Duty swatting incident in Kansas took the life of a completely innocent man after police killed him following a fake tip to the wrong address.

As we’ve previously chronicled, California resident Tyler Barriss reportedly called Wichita police to detail a supposed murder/hostage/arson in progress, using the address of what he apparently believed was one Call of Duty player intended as the focus of the ensuing police harassment, as provided by another player and played out live on Twitter. The address used, however, was apparently for a completely unrelated person, father of two Andrew Finch, who was subsequently shot and killed by police after opening his door. Barriss was charged with involuntary manslaughter and extradited to Kansas, having tweeted an admission of guilt and being suspected of multiple other incidents, including a bomb threat.

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Leaderboard: Do you speculate on WoW Tokens or other legal MMO RMT currency?

Is Call of Duty the next Activision franchise to migrate to Battlenet? Very likely. As Eurogamer broke earlier this month, players are now able to link their Call of Duty accounts to Battle.net – no doubt in anticipation for Black Ops 4.

I bring this up to MMO players because of the potential impact on World of Warcraft – specifically, token prices – as WoW players buy and sell their tokens to spend down their Blizzard balance to buy up the new CoD title (or cash in on the flurry). Redditors are current speculating about the incoming speculation, arguing that tokens prices have been relatively stable over the past few months, spiking for the Battle for Azeroth hoopla but ultimately settling back down. In fact, just covering the potential for a spike can cause a spike, one poster points out. Gamers will recall a similar situation last year when Destiny 2 landed on Battlenet, sending the token to record heights.

And that leads us to some Leaderboard fun. Do you speculate on WoW Tokens or other legal MMO RMT currency (like PLEX, C.R.E.D.D, etc.), or do you stay the heck away from that noise? Multiple responses are allowed!

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Affidavit names two more gamers involved in fatal Call of Duty swatting incident

More details about the fatal Call of Duty swatting incident that took place in Kansas at the tail end of 2017 are coming to light.

You’ll recall that in December, California resident Tyler Barriss allegedly called Wichita, Kansas, police to report a supposed murder/hostage/arson in progress, using what he presumably believed to be the address of a Call of Duty player intended as the focus of the ensuing police harassment. The address used, however, was apparently for a completely unrelated person, father of two Andrew Finch, who was subsequently shot and killed by police after opening his door. The officer who shot Finch was on paid administrative pending investigation as of two weeks ago, when Barriss was formally charged with involuntary manslaughter and extradited to Kansas.

If you were confused over how Barriss became involved, the newly released information has a bit more backstory, as investigators have released an affidavit identifying the the other people involved to some degree in the swatting incident. Kansas resident Shane Gaskill and Ohio resident Casey Viner were involved in a dispute over an online game, believed from early reports to be Call of Duty; following the death of Viner’s character at Gaskill’s character’s hand in a match with a monetary bet on the line, Viner threatened to swat Gaskill on Twitter, who then posted an address in Wichita that was not his and dared Viner to “try some shit.”

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Accused Call of Duty swatter charged with involuntary manslaughter

Just before the new year, the gaming community was mortified to learn that an innocent Kansas man had been shot by police following a fake crime report targeting the victim’s residence over a video game – i.e., a swatting incident that actually came to its intended deadly end. Now, the caller, 25-year-old Tyler Barriss, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, as well as with giving false alarm and interfering with a police officer.

According to original reports, Barriss was intending to target a Call of Duty player over a bet. His doxxing attempt went awry when he was given the wrong address for his victim, and so when he phoned police with his long and drawn out story about a murder/hostage/arson in progress, he sent them to the house of a completely unrelated father of two, Andrew Finch, who was subsequently shot and killed by police after opening his door.

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Call of Duty: WW2 will feature a shared social space

Everything about Call of Duty: WW2 seems like it’s going to be peak Call of Duty, doesn’t it? It’s World War 2, which is the go-to setting for shooty-bang-bang antics. It’s focused on multiplayer. It’s going to have a shared social space with daily quests and emotes. And it… wait, what was that last one? That’s new, and it’s been explicitly inspired by games like World of Warcraft, according to a new interview with the game’s developers.

The shared space will host 48 people at a time and be dubbed “Headquarters,” located on the beaches shortly after D-Day. Players will be able to communicate, emote, pick up daily quests (“mission challenges”), and otherwise wander around to explore. It’s not anywhere near what you could find in a full-featured MMO, of course, but it’s more than you might have expected from the franchise as a whole and this installment in particular.

Source: Eurogamer via PCGamesN

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Activision-Blizzard’s TV and movie studio taps creative lead

Back in November, Activision-Blizzard announced it was launching a TV and movie studio to build out its franchises. Former Disney exec Nick van Dyk was tapped to co-lead the endeavor, and today, we know who his creative co-lead will be: Academy Award-nominated Hollywood producer Stacey Sher. Sher’s producer credits include Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, and Gattaca, among 45 total projects.

The company told investors last fall that its first productions would be an animated Skylanders Academy TV show and and “a robust cinematic universe based on the Call of Duty franchise,” with a target date of 2018 or 2019.

Source: Gamasutra

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