So today we have some unfortunate news, following our earlier gaming event that we put on in Camden last week. The remaining 4 PS4 consoles that we had left over were damaged and are currently illegal property – we therefore cannot use them in any subsequent events that we previously aimed to put on in London and throughout the United Kingdom this summer. It seems that somebody learned how to jailbreak PS4 consoles while they were at our event and as a result the Green party are not in a legal standing to be able to use these models. We have contacted Sony and asked them what their preference is for us to do in this situation and they have responded by allowing us to send them back in for new ones.
Unfortunately this means that while we wait for new ones to be delivered to our head offices, we will be without them and completely unable to put on any other youth events relating to console gaming in the meantime. We are hoping that these deliveries will be coming in within the next two weeks and so we may, if we’re lucky, be able to get an event scheduled for around the middle of June – around a month from now. I think that we are probably going to have to monitor the usage of the consoles more closely from now on because we can’t risk this happening again – without potentially having to cease these events indefinitely. Fortunately with the ESL Pro League finals happening in London at the O2 Arena this weekend we will not require them as the majority of our staff will be there anyway.
Aside from this, we are fortunate that Sony have also offered to send us a bonus console – completely free of charge because they appreciate that we recognised the issue, rectified it and contacted them so that we could resolve it in the best manner possible. The issue with having jailbroken PS4 consoles is that it enables players to use them and download any game that they want, breaking copyright laws and therefore rendering the consoles illegal at the moment of inception. It is difficult to actually fix these consoles once they have been modified as it involves downloading the original firmware of the PS4 and then reinstalling it – a dangerous process in itself because a slight mistake can render the PS4 completely unusable and therefore worthless, this was not a risk that we would ever consider taking giving the costs involved. We were also seriously concerned that an Xbox One jailbreak had also occurred, however these are notorious more difficult to do and are therefore far more unlikely to occur. Luckily for everybody involved we didn’t find that this was the case and were therefore able to keep the spare Xbox One consoles that we had for future events.
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