More Legal Woes For Rockstar Games

Video Game Law Blog

January 27, 2006

The company, as well as its parent company, Take-Two Interactive, has been sued by the LA city attorney as part of an ongoing investigation into video game marketing. the defendants have been accused of making misleading statements in marketing the popular Grand Theft Auto San Andreas game and in engaging in unfair competition.

At issue are certain sexual mini-games within the San Andreas game which can be activated with the fan-created 'Hot Coffee"? modification. those mini-games, when discovered, resulted in an investigation by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board and, in July, 2005, the game was reclassified in the U.S. as Adults Only. 12 million units, however, were sold before the reclassification and, of those, 200,000 are thought to have been sold in California. though Rockstar had originally claimed that the controversial content had been created by fans, the discovery that both PC and console versions of San Andreas included the same hidden mini-games forced Rockstar to admit this wasn't the case.

The controversial mini-game content has attracted significant attention for Rockstar, including from Senator Hillary Clinton. Senator Clinton criticized both the game itself as well as violent video games in general, which she grouped along with cigarettes and alcohol as hazards to America's youth.

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