GTA 'Hot Coffee' Case Settled for $20 Million

There's no debate that the Grand Theft Auto video game series has always been one surrounded by controversy, but there has been no more questionable time in the franchise's history other than during the "Hot Coffee" incident related to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

In both the PC and PlayStation 2 versions of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was locked content which contained sexually explicit material. While the content was hidden and not a part of the regular game, it could be exposed by modifying several files – something easily done on the PC version. PlayStation 2 version could also have its "Hot Coffee" content unlocked, but it could only be done so using a, unauthorized third party peripheral.

Take-Two Interactive, the publisher of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series, faced criticism and lawsuits. The entire saga came to a close yesterday as the company reached an agreement in principle to settle a class action for an aggregate payment of $20,115,000.

$15,200,000 of that sum will be paid by the Take-Two Interactive's insurance carriers, and $4,915,000 will be paid by the company itself.

"We are pleased to have reached this settlement, which represents another important step forward for the Company," said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman of Take-Two.

Now with that out of the way, roll on the Ballad of Gay Tony!

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  • Aintry
    Meanwhile, local roads are falling apart.
  • papasmurf
    $19,900,000 of that will be paid to the attorney representing the class action suit. 90,000 will cover the cost of administration and organization to hand the cash out. the remaining 10000 dollars will be split among the 1 million people who took part in the class action lawsuit. Their 10 cent reward will come in the form of a gift card redeemable only online at take two interactive.
  • Sicundercover
    I dont get how in any logical world, suing Rockstar for locked content has in any way made the world a better place. Once again this is a example of lawyers chasing a paycheck.

    Whats even harder to believe is that we here in the US have allowed lawyers to take over our country. They are in both our legislative branch and our executive branch.

    All the time it took for this case to come to fruition could have been used for some better purpose.
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  • ubernoobie
    fail rockstar
  • Honis
    Didn't they learn anything from Oblivion?
  • jsloan
    so they sold 20M units and they are fined $20M which comes to $1/unit sale...