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Rockstar Games Files Lawsuit Against BBC Over Unofficial GTA Film

by Kyle Hanson


Rockstar Games, via their publisher Take-Two Interactive, has filed a lawsuit against the BBC in regards to their unofficial GTA film titled “”Game Changer”, reports IGN. The movie is a dramatization of the conflict between Rockstar President Sam Houser and lawyer Jack Thompson, who was a huge critic of the GTA series and violent video games in general. The movie would star Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton as the main characters. The lawsuit is based on the film possibly violating Rockstar’s various trademarks. The statement from Rockstar to IGN is below:

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.

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