Grand Theft Auto V was released on September 17 2013, but its online component, GTA Online, was delayed until October 1. Just three days later on October 4, Bruce McMahon and Christopher Bengtson filed a class action lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games, claiming that since GTA Online was not available at the same time the game launched, but was still sold at a “premium” price, the companies were guilty of false advertising with GTA V.
The case moved to federal court in November, and this Wednesday, the court passed its ruling. U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips dismissed the case against Take-Two and Rockstar, because nothing on the game’s packaging promised that GTA Online would be available immediately, and it in fact warned people that some players might not have access to certain features, including the online gameplay.
We find it difficult to believe that someone would feel cheated when GTA Online was only delayed by two weeks, but a few players still seem to feel McMahon and Bengtson were justified. Nevertheless, the case has been dismissed, and Take-Two and Rockstar are in the clear.
Nice to see the justice system working like it should!
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