VFX chip maker 3dfx is offering a $25,000 reward for anyone who can identify the Zappos vfx chips that were stolen from a computer used by one of its employees.3dfx’s Facebook page says the reward is “to assist in identifying the culprit and securing their safe location”.
“Anyone who has information on the theft of this vfx is asked to please contact the Australian Federal Police,” it said.
The company, which is based in Adelaide, said the stolen chip was used to build a 3D rendering application and was “specially engineered for VR”.3dfx said it was working with police to trace the culprits.”3dfx has taken steps to identify and locate the individual responsible for the theft and is working closely with law enforcement to secure the safe location of the vfx,” the company said.
The stolen vfx was used by 3D modelling and rendering firm 3dfx to build its VR software.
“We will continue to work closely with the police and assist in the investigation,” the firm said.3D modelling software firm 3DMAX, which made a similar vfx that was used in the theft, said it is now “satisfied” with its work and the theft has been contained.
3DMAX said it has also contacted the vendor to see if the vtx can be recovered.3dMAX also released a statement saying it was “surprised and disappointed” to learn that its vfx, used to render 3D models and render virtual scenes, had been stolen.
It said it contacted the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and asked them to investigate the matter.
“We appreciate that the tax authorities have taken a number of steps in response to the matter and are now satisfied with our findings and our processes,” the statement said.
“The vfx used by our 3D modelers is not affected by the theft at all.”
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it received a number “of complaints” about 3D MAX vfx from the public in relation to the theft.
“Customers have reported that the VFX chips used in their 3D modeling software have been stolen,” the ACCC said.
“These thefts have resulted in significant damage to 3D Max’s business.”ACCC said it would “continue to work with 3Dmax” to investigate and recover the stolen vtx.