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News video games 22 August 2022, 12:32

author: Jakub Tarchala

Rockstar Silences GTA Co-creators Citing Copyright Infringement

According to former developer from DMA Design (Rockstar North), Rockstar Games has started silencing former employees who know too much about the GTA series.

Rockstar Games is once again facing a wave of outrage. Mike Dailly - former developer and one of the founders of DMA Design (now Rockstar North) - shared a controversial information on Twitter. In it, he suggests that GTA devs are trying to shut the mouths of people who once had something to do with the development of the series and would like to share their knowledge with the public. Here are its contents:

The former developer does not hide his emotions, which is not surprising. The prototype in question represented one of the original versions of GTA, which was created in the mid-1990s. - some time before the release of the original Grand Theft Auto (GTA) in 1997. The developer thus had a major contribution to shaping the direction of the series. Hours after the first shocking news, the developer shared a second tweet:

Rockstar is known for keeping its work a secret - we rarely get a glimpse of any documents unless it's the studio's will. However, several of the original developers who worked at DMA before the release of the first installment have shared a number of behind-the-scenes developer videos in recent years. Dailly suggests that Rockstar is now attacking all such developers, although his tweet is the first public mention of such things taking place.

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The beginning of the 10-page document, which according to Dailly: "will never see the light of day again."

The controversy may be sparked by the developer's words, that Rockstar would remove videos that violated studio's copyright. This raises the question of the harsh policies of Take-Two Interactive - Rockstar's owner. The company has recently become famous for a number of less-than-stellar decisions regarding the poorly received Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition. These include removing the original trilogy from stores before its release or getting rid of inconvenient files. The giant is not concerned about players' expectations either, focusing on generating huge money from microtransactions in Grand Theft Auto Online. We look forward to further developments.

Jakub Tarchala

Jakub Tarchala

He started by producing content on YouTube in 2020, but eventually found out writing was his real jam. He set up a modest blog where he published video game reviews, and two years later combined his work with his hobby and started writing for Gamepressure. He loves Terry Pratchett's offbeat sense of humor and the philosophical mysteries of the universe embedded in Stanislaw Lem's novels. He enjoys watching comedies and horror movies. He has a profound affection for the Stalker universe (electronic, written, and pasted). In his spare time he plays guitar and collects Marvel cards.


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