Talk about your contracted seat muscles. The LAPD raided a video game studio, guns drawn, yesterday. And one lonely soul who stayed at work late was there to face the barrels of those guns: The company's president, Robert Bowling.
It wasn't a swatting, as some initially believed. Nope. It was all for nothing:
The studio on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks just wrapped up some renovations to its offices, including a new security system with a panic button.
One of the last employees out, a designer, was justifiably curious, Bowling told us: He hit the button, looked around and, when nothing happened, took off.
Why does he know that: Review of the security video.
But something did happen: 10 minutes later about a half-dozen LAPD officers, guns at the ready, raided the studio.
They approached from the front but then went around back. Bowling thinks he knows why: A lifelike statue of a soldier, Simon "Ghost" Riley from
Robotoki's the blockbuster Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 3, graces the company's Sherman Oaks window. [Correction: Bowling and a core team of developers produced Call of Duty 3 before forming Robotoki, he says]:
And Ghost is holding what appears to be an assault rifle.
Yep. If cops thought it was a false alarm, not anymore. Maybe. We called the LAPD for its version of things but couldn't get any initial info.
Bowling says it all started about 7:20 p.m: When officers found him they told him to come forward and detained him, hands behind his back.
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But after the cops cleared the office, they were quite cool, Bowling says. They were fans of Call of Duty and even ogled the studio's coffee-table-size, wooden Nintendo controller, he said:
They were super nice and excited. A lot of them were fans of video games we worked on.