A man claims he has multiple copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare well before its October 25 public street date, and that he intends to sell them for $250 a piece. He’s one of at least two individuals on social media who claim to have acquired copies of the game, according to Eurogamer.
The man, known as VonGarcon on Twitter and Twitch, shared a photo on his personal Instagram showing seven copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. In the caption, VonGarcon asks for $250 per copy.
The Modern Warfare discs are in clear plastic cases rather than the normal retail packaging, suggesting the discs may be rental units or wholesale. Typically retailers will receive physical units of a game before its release date, which is sometimes how copies leak before street date. Whatever the alleged source is, VonGarcon claims that he purchased them from an undisclosed party with the intention of reselling them at the higher value price.
After other Twitter users asked if he’d post gameplay, VonGarcon said he wouldn’t, but proceeded to post a short video allegedly showing him playing what appears to be the game’s Gunfight mode (though others on social media suggest it may be a training mode) while another person says it’s October 18 in the background. VonGarcon appears to have custom settings enabled, allowing him to use a minimap that isn’t there by default.
The game is very much real! $250 per copy my home girl said… modern warfare early pic.twitter.com/ra0uBJ1uOy
— Von (@VonGarcon) October 18, 2019
Aside from the minimap (and what appears to be a different variation of the win/loss counter in the bottom left corner, the user’s video appears similar to footage IGN has captured at previous preview events, like our highlight reel of Modern Warfare’s Gunfight mode gameplay. These similarities suggest that the copies he intends to sell at an inflated rate are legitimate.
IGN reached out to VonGarcon for further verification. We’ll update this story should he respond.
It’s entirely possible that retail or rental copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare have managed to slip from their usual supply chain, especially with less than a week before its official release date. Thus far, Activision and Infinity Ward have been particularly tight on campaign mode spoilers, releasing only a handful of trailers. As for the repercussions, it’s possible that fines can be implemented when a retailer breaks street date on a high profile product like Modern Warfare. If a retail employee is shown to have had a hand in this product leak, they could experience some significant consequences, too.
On Twitter, VonGarcon added that he bought the copies, but was not aware of how they were originally obtained, stating that he does not work at Redbox.
A source familiar with Redbox told IGN that the barcodes packaging seen in the initial Instagram post indicate the copies are likely taken from Redbox’s facilities. IGN has reached out to Redbox for comment.
IGN has also reached out to Activision and Call of Duty PR for comment.
Watch the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare campaign launch trailer.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare releases on October 25.
Also check out the first details on Call of Duty League 2020, where 12 teams will duke it out for the championship. You can also read up on how Modern Warfare is introducing a battle pass system instead of a season pass and loot boxes, and how it will all work. Of course, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Some of the developers behind Modern Warfare have had to ask the game’s community to consider the people who will eventually read aggressive and threatening comments over the somewhat controversial decision to make one Spec Ops mission a PS4 exclusive.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.