Chalk this one up as a modern Aesop’s Fable. A gentleman who goes by the name of Khemist49 on Reddit found himself in possession of something particularly notable. In a box of Blizzard-related stuff bought on eBay, he found a CD-R labeled “StarCraft Gold Master Source Code.” The disk contained the source code to the original StarCraft game, released in 1998. Needless to say, this was proprietary information that was never meant to leave the hallowed halls of Blizzard. Khemist49 found himself in possession of something many people would love to get their hands on, but that he wasn’t supposed to have. So what was he to do?
Well, eventually, he turned it back in to Blizzard. To thank him for sending them their source code back, the company sent him a copy of their popular game Overwatch and $250 in store credit. That wasn’t the end of it, though. Blizzard proceeded to call him and invite him to BlizzCon, all expenses paid. Deciding to do the right thing paid off quite well for Khemist49. If only we could all be so lucky as to find StarCraft‘s source code in a box of junk.
However, before we canonize this guy, you should know that he didn’t immediately send it back, and it took a little prompting from Blizzard’s legal team. Still, he did do the right thing without being pressured into it, so let’s give him partial credit. Meanwhile, if you find the movie Source Code in a box somewhere, feel free to just throw it in the trash.