Gamer Gets Free Trip To BlizzCon For Returning Source Code To Blizzard

by Robert Workman

(Photo: Kotaku)

Sometimes, gamers just find the damndest things, rare collectibles that are so ridiculously rare, it’s amazing how they managed to locate them in the first place. Just look at the guys that found the Nintendo PlayStation prototype – that was really something.

But according to Kotaku, a gamer made a pretty amazing find that ended up paying of for him in the long haul. A Reddit user by the name of Khemist49 managed to come across a gold master source code disc for the original StarCraft, a game that’s been in circulation for years now. He’s actually had it since 1998, and, well, returning it to Blizzard paid off better than expected.

After sorting through a “box of Blizzard stuff” and finding the code, he found the CD-R, and talked about it on Reddit, with some people suggesting that he rip the contents and make it freely available. Some, however, called him “scummy” for holding onto the disc.

He lamented for several days, but Blizzard eventually got a hold of him, with the publisher’s legal team suggesting he return the disc because it has “intellectual property and trade secrets.” He asked for legal advice, but eventually sent it back, getting a copy of Overwatch and $250 in Blizzard store credit for his trouble.

But then a Blizzard employee got back to him. “He asked me if I had ever heard of BlizzCon,” he noted. “I said well, yeah of course, but it’s impossible for me to go. I live in the east coast, and the badges are always sold out before you can refresh the page. He said well, the reason we are calling you is to invite you to BlizzCon, all expenses paid, and we would love to take you out for drinks.”

Not only that, but he also got a giant box full of Overwatch and Diablo goods, including PC equipment. You can see it below.

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(Photo: Kotaku)

Blizzard confirmed this, noting that the company “wanted to show an appropriate level of appreciation to the player for doing the right thing, not just from Blizzard, but on behalf of the large and active community of players who still enjoy StarCraft today.”

So, you see, kids? It never hurts to do the right thing.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.