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Video game creator accepts libel damages following "false" Daily Star story

Video game creator accepts libel damages following "false" Daily Star story

Substantial libel damages have been accepted at the High Court by the creator of a series of computer games after a newspaper claimed it was planning to release a title based on the recent Raoul Moat killing spree.

Take 2 Inc (Rockstar Games) is known for the chart-topping Grand Theft Auto series, which enables players to assume the role of a gangster or mob boss and traverse a fictional city committing various crimes.

However, following the Daily Star's allegation it intended to produce Grand Theft Auto Rothbury - using the gunman's actions as its focus - parent company Express Newspapers admitted the story was false and that it had not approached Rockstar Games for a comment at any point.

In the article, third party quotes from a grieving family member were published alongside a mock-up of the alleged game's cover.

The newspaper group, according to the Press Association, apologised and also agreed to pay Rockstar's legal costs.

Contact our media, libel and privacy solicitors on 0800 916 9081 or email enquiries@rjw.co.uk if you would like advice on any media, libel and privacy matter

Posted by Cheryl Bennett
 

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