At least that's what was said to be happening but those accused of receiving copies say they were "scammed". Treyarch contacted the 'leakers'.
Copies of the upcoming November bound game were pinched from a factory in Alabama say reports, although it appears to be an employee that slipped a few discs out. Hackers or whatever you wish to call them were accused of receiving these stolen copies.
However forum members 'Ungodly Leaker', the user responsible for Halo: Reach's early arrival, and '97SIRHB' both say they've been speaking with Treyarch's Josh Olin who appears to be sniffing around for information about the hacker groups.
'Ungodly Leaker' issued a "final statement to all the fans and media and Treyarch" on the forums that copies of the supposedly stolen Call of Duty: Black Ops were "never in our hands". The game isn't due for release until November 9th.
"After speaking with Josh no FBI are involved at all but he wants tto know were we got the game from.... NO WERE it landed in our laps but we were scammed END OF Story...." added the hacker. It seems this has just been a close call for Activision.
Xbox 360 has suffered for years with games being leaked and recently the PlayStation 3 has been made vulnerable to piracy with PSJailbreak, although Sony has been releasing aggressive firmware updates to combat the threat.
Call of Duty: Black Ops releases on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC November 9th.