The Geohot saga continues as George Hotz has left the country and gone to South America. According to Sony Geohot is “engaged in a campaign to thwart jurisdictional discovery at every turn” in his current lawsuit. It appears Sony had gotten a hold of Geohot’s hard drives which were missing necessary components to be viable. No specifics have been given to what parts were removed exactly from the hard drives. The fact that he has fleed the country does indeed raise more questions as to what else he is hiding.
Though the evidence establishing personal jurisdiction is already overwhelming, SCEA has little doubt that there is much more. However, over the last several weeks Hotz has engaged in a campaign to thwart jurisdictional discovery at every turn – regardless of whether the Court has ordered such discovery or not. Most seriously, after Magistrate Judge Spero ordered an inspection of Hotz’s devices and ordered Hotz to appear at a deposition in California, SCEA learned that Hotz had deliberately removed integral components of his impounded hard drives prior to delivering them to a third party neutral and that Hotz is now in South America, an excuse for why he will not immediately provide the components of his hard drives as requested by the neutral. Hotz’s attempts to dodge this Court’s authority raise very serious questions.
More evidence has also been found that he did have a PSN network account even though he told judges that he did not.
“records show that the same PS3 System was used on March 10, 2010 to create a PSN account
under the user name “blickmanic.”