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Video: London Riots Engulf Sony DADC UK Warehouse in Flames


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160w ago - Today Sony has reported that their DADC UK distribution warehouse in north London was engulfed in flames as violence in the capital continued for a third night.

Below is some video footage courtesy of CoolChrisVilla via YouTube, and although this isn't really PS3 news per se, it will definitely impact the gaming side of Sony's empire in the UK.

To quote: The music industry has become the latest victim of the riots ripping through London after a 20,000 sq metre distribution warehouse owned by Sony was burnt to the ground by rioters, destroying vast quantities of stock.

“We can confirm that the Sony DADC UK distribution centre in Enfield has been damaged by a fire which was reported around 11:30pm, 8th August. There have been no injuries to employees,” Sony said in a statement.

“The fire is under control but can be described as ‘smouldering’, consequently no one can enter the facility. Therefore at this time we are unable to confirm the extent of the damage or the cause until the fire is fully extinguished and a full investigation can be carried out by authorities.”

The Digital Audio Disc Corporation centre is the group’s sole distribution base in the UK. The impact however will be felt beyond Sony operations as the warehouse is home to movie, gaming and music distributors.

While the extent of the fire damage remains unclear, the incident threatens to disrupt the supply of products in the near term and casts a long shadow over the future of smaller businesses which are already operating in a tough economic climate.

There are particular concerns over the loss of stock within the independent music industry as the warehouse was used by PIAS, a leading distributor of CDs for more than 100 independent labels, including the Beggars Group, Domino and Warp. These groups represent artists such as Adele, Gil Scott-Heron and Warpaint.

Darren Hemmings, PIAS’ head of digital marketing, tweeted: “I can confirm that the Sony DADC warehouse in Enfield did burn to the ground, and Sony holds PIAS stock.”












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#9 - dragonkeeper300 - 159w ago
NOOO! all those poor ps3

gygabyte666's Avatar
#8 - gygabyte666 - 159w ago
These Riots are NOT fun mate, I was caught up in the one at Birmingham & have returned home to see wolverhampton is the same, You obviously care about sony thats why your on a ps3 website, i agree sony havnt been the best but they are only defending their console, their creation, not ours.
Your opinion. I personally would love to take part in some riots/boycotting for various reasons. You are wrong again. I care for my PS3. The company who made it could blow up tomorrow and I wouldn't lose a wink of sleep over it. If the same happened to my PS3, I would be quite hurt but I probably wouldn't buy a replacement because that would benefit Sony.

They have every right to defend their system. I don't blame them, but after it has been purchased they have no more attachments to it. Owners should feel free to tinker and mess around with whatever they want. If they void a warranty during that time, then it's just the user's fault and Sony shouldn't have to take any responsibility for the user's actions.

However, telling/demanding to people that they are only 'renting' their console from Sony is completely insane. Any company who acts that way should get what's coming to them. Sadly, it'll probably never happen, at least not the magnitude at which it should.

I use to trust and love the company and everything they made but going through blow after blow of their unearthly, asinine horsesass, I lost my faith in them as both a company and very much like a friend that i've had for years. Watching them destroy themselves and slowly lose pieces of their fanbase from all the horrible decisions they were making was very hard for me because I was so attached to them.

Point is, there is a line that Sony crossed for me awhile ago and I just don't see how I could ever look at them the same way anymore. Don't judge me either. You don't know me nor do I, you.

elser1's Avatar
#7 - elser1 - 159w ago
gta LOL maybe crysis 2 is to blame for the alien invasion.. LOL get some help..

sika's Avatar
#6 - sika - 159w ago
These Riots are NOT fun mate, I was caught up in the one at Birmingham & have returned home to see wolverhampton is the same, You obviously care about sony thats why your on a ps3 website, i agree sony haven't been the best but they are only defending their console, their creation, not ours.

gygabyte666's Avatar
#5 - gygabyte666 - 159w ago
Oh Boo hoo Sony. You stopped caring about your customers a loooooooong time ago. Why the hell should we care what happens to you? I say we all grab a full gas can, box of matches and march to the nearest Sony center and have us some fun too. Those greedy pricks don't deserve any consumer support. Rot you filthy, soulless nazis... or maybe I should say, burn? *muhahaha*

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