06 October 2010
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.
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett