Gembe apologises for stealing Half Life 2 source code

Posted By | On 22nd, Feb. 2011 Under Industry News, News | Follow This Author @GNReith

In a recent feature with Eurogamer; Axel Gembe, the infamous hacker who stole the source code for Half LIfe 2 before its release back in 2003, has openly apologised for his conduct.

“I am so very sorry for what I did to you. I never intended to cause you harm. If I could undo it, I would. It still makes me sad thinking about it. I would have loved to just stay and watch you do your thing, but in the end I screwed it up. You are my favorite developer, and I will always buy your games.”

Despite Gembe’s apologies, he states that he wasn’t the one who uploaded the code to the web. The one person he shared it with was the culprit for making the code go public, and on the matter Gembe said that “I didn’t think it through. There was, of course, an element of bragging going on. But the person I shared the source with assured me he would keep it to himself. He didn’t.”

Gembe was arrested by the German police for his misdemeanour, but was given two years probation on account of his adolescence and good behaviour. Everyone makes mistakes and its warming to see Gembe taking responsibility and apologising for what he did. Respect to him.

Thanks to Eurogamer for the info.

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  • aquaman22

    That’s cool man, I hope that he really DOES acknowledges that what he did was wrong, because should something like this happens again, he could face prison time, and I’m not one to go to prison for hacking a GAME. That’s just crazy, i mean if were to go to prison, I would want it to be because I shot someone or some crazy nonsense like rob a bank, because what are you gonna say when you get to C block or whatever they call the communities within the jail?? Some rough red neck approaches you and say”HEY MAN! what you in here for!?” what you gonna say??? “Oh I’m up in here for hacking video games”….Kiss your ass good bye that’s all i gotta say lol. Aqua Out!!!


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