Just a few days after the arrest of Julian Assange and extensive media coverage about the secret releases from Wikileaks and its editor Assange, a Wikileaks video game has popped up.
Wikileaks: The Game allows players to control Julian Assange trying to sneak his way through the White House. It has attracted a million players during the first days after release, according to its developer, Sebastiaan Moeys.
The secrets-spilling site Wikileaks that had stepped up the intensity of its crusade a few days ago against the top-level corruption by releasing secret U.S. communications has been facing all sorts of threats from government authorities.
While the Swedish government wants Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange in a case of sex crime, the move is said to be a political frame-up at the insistence of the U.S. government. (Read: Wikileaks: All Leaks are being Plugged)
Moeys, producer of the game, shares his surprise about the popularity of the game: “We didn’t plan for this to be a smash hit. We created it as a sort of joke, a social commentary on a developing story.”
“A million plays in just a few days really proves this subject is popular with many people. We knew the topic was hot, but didn’t expect so many players for a relatively simple game. Once bloggers and press got hold of it though, things went fast. Players were overloading our servers; we had a really difficult time keeping everything online.”
The game is playable via http://www.jeuxjeuxjeux.fr/play/special/wikileaks.html
Moeys develops and manages a network of localized game portals. Every day, his websites process millions of playing sessions, it was claimed today, Dec. 14, by the game hosting site JeuxJeuxjeux.fr.
It is also believed that soon there will be a Hollywood movie based on the Wikileaks’ story.
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