Traicing your country by filtering military secrets online in a public forum for your favorite war video game to correct errors in the design of tanks. This statement is not the argument of a videogame or a Netflix movie. It is a real problem that has occurred on different occasions between the players of the popular War Thunder videogame and who has provoked headaches at different armies of NATO and the group's own developer of the video game.
War Thunder is a massive multiplayer video game on the Internet that has a wide community of creative players by Gaijin Entertainment, a company originally Russia that moved its social headquarters to Cyprus. Among its main attractions, it is found that it is a free degree with a multitude of scenarios and a wide arsenal of weapons and vehicles in the game, which boast of realism.
Anyway, as it is a videogame that on war and military vehicles, the representation of tanks, aircraft and boats has inaccuracies in its design and creative licenses. Some imprecisions that players who are professional military note and protest because they are corrected in the official game forum.
However, some of these players have decided to go a step further and share in (the official War Thunder forum) manual, plans and other materials classified on the tanks of their countries with the hope that game designers take note and Subsaine errors. Something that has already happened in different occasions.
This week, a French professional military worked as a crew member in a Lecler S2 tank was annoyed because the speed of rotation of the turret of this tank in the game was lower than real life. Which means that in the game he can not point and shoot as fast as in military maneuvers.
After protesting in reiterated occasions, he decided to demonstrate documentarily his affirmations and for that he decided to share military secrets from his country in this public forum.
The user, identified by the name of CORSS network in the forum, shared plans with technical specifications to demonstrate that the actual rotation speed of the Leclerc S2 tank cannon turret is 40º per second.
Far from thanking your contribution, the company War Thunder proceeded to eliminate forum documents and sanction this player to share documents classified on his website.
However, it is not about the first time it happens. Months ago this same year, a British military discontent because the designers of the game "had not correctly modeled" a Challenger Tank 2.
Said document was partially censored and had "declassified" labels [an affirmation that was not certain] and "restricted access to the United Kingdom".
In addition to attaching the materials, the user, identified by the alias of Fear Naught in the Forum, made a detailed explanation of what, in his opinion, should be changed so that the design of the tank was more realistic.
"The artillery stump is positioned in the center of the rotor. The stumps support the rotor in the structure of the turret and the rest of the subcomponents are all assembled over the rotor," the user said.
Faced with the publication of this material, the video game company was communicated with the British Ministry of Defense that ensured that the material that had been shared by the English tanquista remained classified.
"We have written confirmation by the Ministry of Defense that these documents are still classified. By disseminating you, you are vulnerating the minutes of official secrets whose penalties ascend until the 14th year of military reclusion," said a Gaijin representative in the forum.
Likewise, from the War Thunder forum they remember that when users filter this type of military material they are at risk the developer company of War Thunder and his workers as it would be illegal for the Video Game Forum to stay this type of secret plans.
However, the supplications of the company fell into a broken sac at that time and "classified" military materials continue to filter by soldiers with the hope that tanks are more realistic in their favorite video game.Updated Date: 15 October 2021, 19:10