Navy SEALs disciplined for consulting on Medal of Honor: Warfighter

CBS News reports that seven members of SEAL Team Six are under investigation for revealing secrets while serving as paid consultants on EA's shooter.

Seven US Navy SEALs who served as paid consultants on EA's Medal of Honor: Warfighter are reportedly under investigation for revealing secrets while working on the game.

According to a report by GameSpot's sister-site CBS News, the seven SEALs, who are all currently on active duty, used classified material given to them by the Navy while working with EA on Warfighter.

CBS News reported that all seven have received letters of reprimand and have had half their pay taken away for two months. One of the SEALs involved was reportedly on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Medal of Honor: Warfighter was released on October 23. EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau said that the critical reception for the game fell below EA's expectations, but that the publisher would continue to push the game during the holiday season through marketing, including the upcoming map pack tied in to Sony Pictures' new movie Zero Dark Thirty, which chronicles the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden.

The game fell into controversy prior to its release when EA began promoting its partnership with real-world weapons manufacturers by linking to their sites from the Medal of Honor: Warfighter official page.

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285 comments
La8nght
La8nght

Really?!?!? First things, first this is a REAL news story from a REAL news outlet. I do not know what  details, it may have been that they used intel documents in their consulting, which is bad but to loss a career over it...WOW.  Next, just what makes the game, TERRIBLE? Gameplay, graphics..the fact you get your ass kick by better players who use tactics. Just curious.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

National security compromised for a game.

dxBIGBOSSxb
dxBIGBOSSxb

I don't need to say how bad this game is... also, one of the SEALs supposedly aided in killing Osama...

jpeezy77
jpeezy77

I am not sure why a lot of people are saying it is a marketing tactic by EA, unless they think CBS news is paid by EA to report this? I went to the site and it looks legit to me. Regardless, it sucks for them to be in that situation. Ever since wiki-leaks the military has really went crazy with keeping information classified.....

wavelength121
wavelength121

These are the men who are paid to protect our country? They can't even keep secrets from their own people. Who's to say how fast they'd cave for the enemy?

jorge69696
jorge69696

I can see through it EA. It's not working. I still don't want to buy the game. Fix your marketing tactics.

Feedbackula
Feedbackula

Woo a ignomls! Navy SEALS didnt try yet the single player punishment Bradley Manning called "BS and ducking half of a serviceman's pay." Nah, publicity for EA.

wide_ocean
wide_ocean

Navy SEALS giving away confidential info for a GAME?!?! One of the SEALS on the squad that took down Bin Laden allowed to consult for a GAME?!?!

 

By 12-year olds for 12-year olds.

This is the single most pathetic promotion attempt I've ever seen.

 

hwhy
hwhy

i really like this game..i didnt try yet the single player but the multi is good..yes there is things in there needs to be better than it is but overall its OK..BTW there is many things this game have better than BF3..i dont know why all of this aggressive critics against this games..i see its worth 7 out of 10 at least not 6. :( 

CraigNinten
CraigNinten

punishment for this terrible game? they suffered enough, please let them go

Realmjumper
Realmjumper

This is BS and ducking half of a serviceman's pay should not be allowed. if anyone should be disciplined it's EA for their failure.

Zilentnight
Zilentnight

Wost part was that it was a horrible game.the so called elite squad coulden hit a terrorist with a hydrgen bomb :Pi woulden even consider it a good "movie/game"From a positive point of view i liked the feel of the weapons, and the multiplayer is okey. 

prismtech
prismtech

US government thinks they talk too much....like the navy 6 team crashed in Afghanistan. I talk too much. Big brother is watching.

devilmaycryyyy
devilmaycryyyy

This is all orchestrated s£$t to make us "gamers" more interested in buying the game!!!!!!

ps:-A lot of military FPS games r sponsored by us department of defence(directly or indirectly)!!

Chez

msfan1289
msfan1289

the funny thing is. if they never went along and say "how dare you" no one will even know the info was classified. now people will want to buy this  game to see what the SEALs have leaked, nice going command you let the world know something that no one knew. and plus its not like our enemies dont know what the US or its allies are doing. they do have there own intelligence groups too.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

I'm surprised EA actually got SEALs to consult for them. I can't say if this is right or wrong, but it's precisely what I expected to happen.

raven98030
raven98030

Don't know what to say about  this

mos2000
mos2000

Shame SEAL's got in trouble.  Good game. This MoH may have been better than the last because of it

havocmerc
havocmerc

"...used classified material.." Yeah right.  I think the brass just want  to rattle some cages to show everyone that they are in charge.  Typical command crap.

ROEG-GAMER
ROEG-GAMER

EA watch it don't become a enemy of the state lol. Wow I hope those S.E.A.L.S don't get in trouble because of a game. Medal of Honored sucked anyway. Secrets are secrets for a reason. 

KittyHeart
KittyHeart

i want to buy this game to support the seals

veronus2
veronus2

Well, the commander-in-chief did it for political capital, I think he should get his "fair" share of reprimands, not just the few that made money.....LOL..j/k...couldn't help it. In all seriousness though, from thier perspective if it's ok for thier work to be shown in political propoganda movies, they must have felt what they were doing was acceptable. It all starts at the top.

pidow
pidow

During my time in the military, when a militarymember did something in the outside world, their effort was an reflection on the military and we were acknowledged for our effort by the military.  Today, its about money, the advisors to the game "Received Money" and that was the underlining problem, they received money while they were on active duty, a no,no even yesteryear.  And as far as tactic went, every country uses the same(whats works), there is not much new except weapons and methods.  I strongly doubt any, any classified materials were leaked.  If it was the game would not be in the publics hands period and the parties involved would be in jail today.  Botton line is that government is not pleased that the SEALS were PAID.

DjTIEST0
DjTIEST0

saw this on euronews tv 

 

 

lawfrye
lawfrye

All these military combat games suck anyway, it's all about flashy graphics. If you really want the true to life experience then take it from a "real" combat soldier, play operation flashpoint or ArmA 2. These are about as good as it gets, all Moh and COD are is flashy hollywood style shoot'em ups.  

beuneus12
beuneus12

it's not the information they shared, it's the fact that they shared information they're being reprimanded for. You might think it's paranoid, but it's more about setting an example they can't use their military expertise for profit

naydub
naydub

First, an active T1 operators' disciplinary action would not be leaked to the public (op1 on the OBL raid by rule has no official capacity) under any circumstance. Second, a retired T1 operators' disciplinary action would not be leaked to the public.

This "story" is a gift from the DOJ to boost EA's game sales. Nothing more. 

 

Biggs613
Biggs613

The more I hear about EA, the more I fucking hate them.

1322chase
1322chase

Are you serious oh well what a waste the game sucks

Jcleveger
Jcleveger

Well any war game base on Iraq is gonna get hit with all sorts of BS crap. The gun link, why not make war shooters shot newspaper and flaming dog poo. everyone wants realistic graphics and game play, it could be worse and base off real combat gore, kids getting killed, realistic blood, guts spilling out of torso, but no, everyone is upset due to it's based on a Iraq war, grow up ppl.

AlexFili
AlexFili

It's always a danger if you hire recent soldiers as consultants on games, since the soldiers have to maintain a good degree of security and not breach their agreements to be shrewd about details released after a certain period of time.

 

Better to have consultants than no consultants, maybe have them as anonymous freelancers rather than paid fulltime workers?

UrbanTracker
UrbanTracker

"Frank Gibeau said that the critical reception for the game fell below EA's expectations, but that the publisher would continue to push the game during the holiday season through marketing"That right there proves this is a publicity stunt........BTW if those seals indeed got docked half their pay its pretty unfair. They already play with their lives for us,then gets screwed over for giving info to EA.....come to think of it EA  probably coaxed them into giving it to them ......hmm who would benefit the most from knowing the seals tactics...could it be...oh no...that EA is a front for "Al-Qaeda"...oh no!!!!!Sry, just watched "the campaign" and am a lil' bit high..:D 

alenth
alenth

Really hard to believe considering how shit news are in the united states.

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Too bad they had to risk their jobs on such a shitty game...

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

Does the military know that these games aren't even that good, and not worth playing and are considered mediocre at best?

Karzovis
Karzovis

Sister site CBS?

 

CBS owns this website lol no need to be coy. 

 

 

say0cheese
say0cheese

that was risky of them.. just saw this on the news too lol

twztid13
twztid13

Obama brags about sending them in to kill Bin Laden, but the brave SEALS that actually did it get penalized by that same government, for the same thing (as Obama revealed classified info, as well, WITHOUT declassifying it first)? This POTUS is the epitome of hypocrisy.

MrDouglas
MrDouglas

EA, please do the decent thing and compensate those seven soldiers for the two months of lost income. You won't, eh? Guess you're EA and so I shouldn't be surprised.

Tekken312
Tekken312

I'm curious as to what the SEALs revealed to get the military PO'd at them.

radcrab123
radcrab123

Apparently terroist are going to stare at the game campaign to find out what tactics they use. lol America take a chill pill do you really think that people will base war tactics off a video game? plus im pretty sir that people have other thinks to do

Raxyman
Raxyman

Not related to the article itself, but i find this line funny "the publisher would continue to push the game during the holiday season through marketing".

 

Translation: Yeah, the game sucks, but there's tons of idiots out there who WILL pay for this, so we'll shove down ads in their throat until it sells enough for us to keep Origin up.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

Don't worry US, I don't think Assange or Wikileaks will be playing that game...

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

Next time, when you're treading a line, make sure it's worth it.

 

Unfortunately, there are no present franchises that are, so, uhm... *shrug*

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

If the game managed to sold billions, the Soldiers will get honored.

 

And we'll see Navy SEAL Commander / Admiral (or other high rank officer) as consultant for the next MOH sequel.

 

Too bad the game is mediocre and had poor sales, so the Soldiers get disciplined instead. 

 

=P