Getting hired at Amazon just to steal the new Zelda? It’s crazy, but real

Samir Rahmoun

June 02, 2023 at 11:15 a.m.


The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom © Nintendo

© Nintendo

Several Japanese sought to obtain the game Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom before its release thanks to their connections with Amazon.

The brand new Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is not even a month old, since it made its worldwide release on May 12th. But some did not have the patience to wait and preferred to set up small tricks directly at Amazon to be able to benefit from a “preview”.

Some prefer to play it…

Are you also one of the very many fans of the franchise? Zelda who rushed to the latest opus in recent weeks? If so, we can imagine that you had to bite your brakes while waiting to be able to buy it. But not all of them had your patience, as this information from the Japanese newspaper shows Shukan Bunshunof which Numerama echoes.

Indeed, several Japanese were hired as delivery men at Amazon some time before the release of the game, with the aim of disposing of it before the rest of the public. A 21-year-old young man, freshly recruited, disappeared a few days before the release of the game, when it was already in Amazon’s warehouses. After a small investigation by a subcontractor, then a confrontation, he confessed to having entered Amazon only to get his hands on Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom before everyone.

Amazon employee © Frederic Legrand - COMEO /

What do you think of becoming an Amazon delivery person? © Frederic Legrand – COMEO / Shutterstock

… when others are looking for money!

His case is not isolated, even if all thieves do not have exactly the same ambitions. Another 24-year-old man has also been spotted after recently joining Amazon. Like the aforementioned gamer, it was only for the love of Zelda. Except that his will was not to be able to play earlier, but was to have the possibility of monopolizing derivative products of the franchise to resell them directly on the Internet.

The latter was obviously immediately fired. These stories, far from being anecdotal, also illustrate the disproportionate importance of Japan in the clientele Zelda. This is also shown by the first sales figures of Tears of the Kingdom, with 2.24 million of the 10 million games currently sold in the Land of the Rising Sun. And you, could you have gone to such extremes for a game?

Source : Numerama

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