Seven U.S. Navy SEALs received letters of reprimand and had their salaries reduced for two months for spending two days as paid consultants on Electronic Arts’ single shooter game Medal of Honor: Warfighter.
The men were all members of the elite SEAL Team Six, and one of them was said to be on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Unfortunately, they broke with military policy by not following the chain of command and asking permission before agreeing to participate in EA’s project.
Medal of Honor: Warfighter is marketed as ultra-authentic, and the company has reveled in the Navy’s “involvement” in the game’s design. However, not only did the SEALs not have a go ahead to work on the game, it appears classified materials may have been used during the course of their consulting. While the precise nature of the divulged material is unclear, it has been reported that nothing from any recent special operations was used.
Ironically, while the SEALs are punished for their lapse, EA gets a wealth of free publicity for a game that up until now has been critically panned.