Electronic Arts apparently brought London traffic to a complete standstill late last week with a publicity stunt for the recently-released Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
To promote the game, in which mercenaries battle for control of fuel supplies, EA commandeered a gas station to give away £20,000 worth of gas; drivers rode off with £40 ($70) per person in their tanks.
According to UK publication The Guardian, however, the stunt went unappreciated
by many gridlocked commuters, and police asked EA to disband the stunt after only a few hours when a major junction became obstructed by traffic.
The Guardian's report also says Member of Parliament Lynne Featherstone of constituency Hornsey and Wood Green called on EA to apologize. "Trying to recreate Venezuelan-style fuel riots on the streets of London is completely irresponsible and downright dangerous," she said. "Whilst a lucky few might have got some free petrol, hundreds of local residents have faced misery on their daily journeys this morning. They deserve an apology."
Variety reported last week
that EA staged a similar event in Los Angeles to apparently more positive reception, calling it "ridiculous" but "fun."