Gamers everywhere can finally rejoice with a well earned victory! Well, a small victory, but a victory all the same.
A newspaper known as the Daily Star published an entirely ficticious story about Rockstar developing a new Grand Theft Auto game revolving around a character named Rothbury [a nonfictional gunman] and claimed it would be based on the Northumberland shootings in Northern England. Of course, all of this was completely fictional, and Rockstar had never made such plans before.
The icing on the cake is when Daily Star went to still grieving family members and interviewed them about the new title, brining up tides of emotional scares and despair all for the sake of publicity and increased subscriptions.
Naturally, Daily Star never contacted Rockstar in the least to confirm/deny any of these allegations.
As such, Rockstar sued and consequently won its lawsuit against Daily Star, received damages and forced them to pay Rockstar’s substantial legal fees. While an amount was undisclosed, you KNOW it had to be big.
I cannot believe the NERVE of these people to make something completely up, involve sad and grieving families AND be a professional news center. At least the games industry finally struck a victory over the slanderous media!