Rockstar Games recently suffered one of the most remarkable leaks in gaming history, regarding the upcoming Grand Theft Auto 6, and now it seems that the culprit has been arrested by the London Police. Journalist Matthew Keys references a source to suggest that a 17-year-old has been apprehended:
The hack stirred up a lot of controversy online, with an equal share of criticism for both the hacker and Rockstar Games themselves. Although the cyber-attack was clearly illegal, stealing dozens of clips from an upcoming Grand Theft Auto game, the action also prompted fans to voice their grievances about the studio and their questionable practices.
The response from law enforcement has been pretty stunning. Of course, Rockstar Games has been very hard on the slightest rules, so it shouldn’t be a surprise. Despite the grievous actions of the hacker, and their intention to strike some kind of negotiation, many have still been impressed by their age. This has caused quite a few fans to float the idea that they should be hired by some tech company in the future.
Either way, this is certainly a victory for Rockstar Games and other studios who would fear intrusion. Losing the ability to reveal a complete product, and to market it your way, causes severe damage to the business and reputation of the studio or series. The swift punishment for this hack will likely discourage future activity, especially in younger hackers. At least with regards to larger IP and studios.
There was a shocking level of criticism for unfinished gameplay. Fortunately, Rockstar Games promptly confirmed that the Grand Theft Auto game and other titles would continue as planned, in a tactical tweet for damage control:
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