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.

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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.

Discussion

286 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.

wide_ocean
wide_ocean

 @wavelength121 No they aren't. But that's what EA wants you to think they are, so you buy their games.

jessie82
jessie82

 @parrot_of_adun

 watch EA become a major power in the future to rival the US and china and probarly have its own nuclear/space programs...

msfan1289
msfan1289

 @lawfrye let me ask you this are you willing to play a indie game that have decent graphics not the best, and it claims to be a stealth tactical shooter that follows the ideas that SOCOM US Navy SEALs, and the original Ghost Recon did?

DukeBriggs
DukeBriggs

 @beuneus12 unfortunately that's not what the article says at all. it says that they revealed classified information, which was most likely about tactics, which definitely means it's the information they shared.

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

 @Imperiacommando Obamney wouldnt waste his time playing video games. he is too busy being wielded by corporations and mega banks to steal your money and keep you a weak slave. American sheep always believe politicians like Obama and Romney.

R10nu
R10nu

 @msfan1289  If you're talking about Takedown, it follows the ideas of SWAT 4 and Rogue Spear.

The part about SOCOM was made up by SOCOM fans, some of which are rather obnoxious in their unfounded expectations.

 

Biggs613
Biggs613

 @Imperiacommando funny you should say, cause I have not purchased Fifa, need for speed, army of two, battlefield, moh, sims, crysis, dead space, dragon age, civilization, or command and conquer. I happen to be one of those people who stands by his decision when he decides not to support a company. Now, sadly, some of these games are developed by some good companies, but published by one of the worst.

R10nu
R10nu

 @msfan1289 Jesus christ dude, work on your reading comprehension.

First of all, you had to either confirm or deny that you are talking about Takedown. You did neither.

If you do, then it is not made around SOCOM and Ghost Recon, but around SWAT4 and Rogue Spear, which is what developers clearly stated multiple times. SOCOM fans jumped in on Takedown bandwagon and started spewing nonsense about it being a SOCOM successor. It is not.

If you're not talking about Takedown, then your last post was pointless.

 

msfan1289
msfan1289

 @R10nu what are you talking about? SOCOM fans made SOCOM? i get what your saying the fanboy for SOCOM were mostly fanboys for the online. i like SOCOM for the tactical feel it gave you playing the single player, and the original Ghost Recon that gives you total control over the mission. Rainbow Six and SWAT are good but they are what they are CQC tactical

 

SOCOM, SWAT, original Rainbow Six ( all the way up to 3), original Ghost Recon, Operation Flash point, Arma are all good tactical games. people hate them because it is not a fast pace run and gun game.