In the kind of move you’d expect more from your technophobic mom more than a multibillion dollar international corporation, Sony accidentally deleted a list of winners of its coveted 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 after a contest held in Japan.
Essentially, any customer who purchased a PlayStation device — PS4, PS3, PS Vita, or PS Vita TV — between December 4, 2014 and January 15, 2015 received a desk calendar with a unique code to enter the customer into a drawing to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. The problem came when Sony, like a teenage boy absentmindedly washing his hands after a pretty girl wrote her number on his hand, somehow lost the list of winners of this contest.
Sony has since issued an apology you can read here, in which the company doesn’t explain how the information was lost, but does at least say that it was not hacked and no further information was compromised by whatever went wrong here.
Now, let’s take a moment to recall that these special edition consoles were in such demand when Sony originally sold 12,300 of them last December that one was resold on eBay for $15,100 and another was resold for a whopping $20,100 and you can imagine what kind of cold comfort it must for Japanese players be to hear that they might have won one of them, but Sony accidentally deleted the list. Ouch.