?Grand Theft Auto? Drama: Know Why Rockstar Games Is Not Pleased With BBC Special

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Programme Name: The Gamechangers – TX: n/a – Episode: n/a (No. 1) – Picture Shows: Dan Houser (IAN KEIR ATTARD), Jamie King (JOE DEMPSIE), Sam Houser (DANIEL RADCLIFFE) – (C) BBC Scotland ? 2015; Moonlighting NNN Productions (Pty) Limited: African Photographic C.C. – Photographer: Joe Alblas

Too much drama has unfold, as Rockstar Games decides to take this to the court.

A special docudrama (documentary-drama) by British television channel BBC featured something about gaming, and particularly about Grand Theft Auto; an open world game set in a modern fictional city. The media has been flaking on GTA for the longest time since developer Rockstar Games launched GTA III for the PlayStation 2 in 2001. And one of the most notorious critic for the famous game franchise is the US Lawyer Jack Thompson.

The docudrama is called The Gamechangers and stars Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar president Sam Houser and Bill Paxton as Jack Thompson and the film sets during the launch of GTA: Vice City. Rockstar Games was not pleased on the creation of the film and they are now filing a trademark infringement lawsuit as their reason was BBC did not consulted them in the creation of the said film as gaming site IGN managed to get an info on the said lawsuit.

“Take-Two Interactive has filed suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently titled ?Game Changer? as it relates to Rockstar Games? Grand Theft Auto video game series.

“While holders of the trademarks referenced in the film title and its promotion, Rockstar Games has had no involvement with this project. Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games. We have attempted multiple times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any meaningful resolution. It is our obligation to protect our intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation was necessary.”

BBC have issued a statement about the lawsuit and said: ?We do not comment on legal matters.? The Gamechangers has already premiered on BBC, meanwhile Kotaku and IGN shared their impressions about the docudrama.

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