A 28-year-old California man was arrested after he threatened to visit a video game developer with an AK-47 to “scare them” after they blocked his ability to send awful messages to other players.
Stephen Cebula of Sacramento, a player of the online game “Heroes of the Storm,” was arrested on July 12, reports the LA Times.
Records show that Cebula wrote to Blizzard Entertainment, the developer of the game, that he would drop by their offices while heavily armed.
“Careful Blizzard … I live in California and your headquarters is here in California … You keep silencing me in Heroes of the Storm and I may or may not pay you a visit with an AK 47 amongst some other ‘fun’ tools,” he wrote, according to authorities.
Blizzard had taken away Cebula’s ability to chat with other players after he wrote to other players things like, “I will bomb the new york twin towers [sic],” “Go back to cotton picking,” and “You make me want to shoot up an elementary school;” reports Polygon.
Cebula also sent other players threats that he would rape and kill their children.
Cebula told investigators he sent the messages because he wanted “to scare” the developers and he mentioned the AK-47 because “because it seemed like the scariest weapon.”
If convicted, Cebula faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.