Last week, the internet become a hotbed for Starfield spoilers after a user posted around 40 minutes of footage from the beginning of the game, taken from an Xbox copy obtained very early.
While Bethesda got to work scrubbing the footage (with a moderate amount of success, it’s still out there), it seems that authorities in Shelby County, Tennessee were doing their bit by tracking down the person responsible and eventually arrested them. Not for spoiling Starfield of course, though I’m sure there are some out there who’d want that to be considered a crime, but for allegedly attempting to sell stolen copies of the game.
According to reporting from Kotaku and the information available on the county’s Sherriff’s Office website, Darin Harris was arrested on a felony charge for $2,500-$10,000 worth of stolen property among others. Shortly after leaking footage of the game, Kotaku says that Harris began attempting to sell copies of Starfield, including the $500 Constellation Edition, on a Japanese market platform called Mercari, even going as far as posting videos of themself seemingly packing the sold games and going out to ship them to online buyers.
Kotaku wasn’t able to get a statement from any parties involved, and couldn’t confirm whether Harris’ activities around Starfield were directly related to the arrest.
For what it’s worth, we’re also playing Starfield – although through legitimate means – in order to bring you our full review of the game, which we’ll be able to share as of Friday, September 1st at2AM AEST.
Starfield launches on September 6th for Xbox Series X|S and PC and will be included with Game Pass from day one. You can pre-order the Digital Premium Upgrade on Amazon or the Xbox Store if you have Game Pass and want to get started five days early on September 1st, as well as pick up the other versions of Starfield below: