GTA IV recreation footage leaks, Take-Two shares slide

Strauss Zelnick, CEO, Take Two

Scott Mlyn | CNBC

Take-Two Interactive shares fell greater than 2% early Monday after the corporate suffered a community intrusion the place a 3rd occasion illegally accessed footage of the brand new Grand Theft Auto videogame.

A consumer referred to as “teapotuberhacker,” who can also be claiming accountability for the current hack on the rideshare firm Uber, posted greater than 90 movies of GTA VI in its early growth stage to an internet discussion board. The movies reveal particulars like the situation, the primary characters and different central options of the sport.

Take-Two Interactive owns Rockstar Video games, the studio behind the best-selling GTA sequence. Rockstar confirmed the leak in an announcement posted on Twitter Monday.

“We’re extraordinarily dissatisfied to have the small print of our subsequent recreation shared with you all on this manner,” the corporate mentioned within the assertion.

The leaked movies had been initially posted to an internet message board referred to as GTAForums, and the positioning now includes a banner on its homepage instructing customers to not share hyperlinks to the copyrighted supplies.

Analysts from Jefferies mentioned the leak is among the largest in current reminiscence, however they don’t consider it is going to finally harm recreation gross sales.

“It is a PR catastrophe, probably units again manufacturing, and hurts morale,” they wrote in a observe Monday. “Nonetheless, primarily based on what we see, the sport is additional alongside than many consider and will not impression recreation reception/gross sales.”

CNBC’s Michael Bloom contributed to this report.

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