When Counterstrike players go bad…
Los Angeles Police Department are currently investigating reports of violent attacks at an Orange County Internet café on December 30th last year.
The violence erupted between two rival gangs of Counterstrike players who took the term ‘hardcore’ to a whole new level as in-game tensions became too much and a 100-man brawl took place. Instead of the game’s more familiar AK-47s and Steyr AUGs, chairs and metal pipes were the main weapons of choice, although a gun was eventually brought into play as one teenager was shot in the leg outside the NetStreet Café.
On a more serious note, a 19-year old male was shot and killed outside his home after returning from the NetStreet café last July – although it’s unclear whether there is any connection between his gaming activities and the fatal wounding.
The Los Angeles police have been called out to the region’s various Internet and gaming cafes more than 300 times since June, apportioning much of the blame to disputes between rival Asian gangs.
The Los Angeles city council has begun to look at imposing age restrictions on such cafes, claiming that the locations – known, for some unexplainable reason, as ‘PC bangs’ by the local youth – have become far too dangerous for minors to be allowed near them. A hearing will be held next week to discuss the findings from the LAPD’s investigation.
More on the story as we get it.