Rockstar Reportedly Copyright Strikes Its Own Co-Founder Over GTA Videos

Rockstar Games has been a popular news subject lately, given the highly-anticipated future launch of GTA 6.

It appears the publishers are looking to rid the internet of any GTA content that they didn’t put on there and have allegedly issued copyright strikes against two videos uploaded by Grand Theft Auto's original developer, Mike Dailly, which feature footage of prototypical content.

Dailly, who helped create what is now Rockstar North, previously DMA Design, took to Twitter to call the company out, writing, “I see Rockstar are going full fuckers mode again, issuing copyright strikes to any GTA video they can find – including both my prototype videos. So now they're trying to block all release of anyone's work on a game – and any old development footage.”

At the time, Dundee-based DMA Designs was best known for the Lemmings series, but the video in question showcased one of the earliest iterations of GTA from the mid-1990s.

Rarely do we see behind-the-scenes bits of the production process where Grand Theft Auto is concerned, but in recent years, a few of the original devs who worked at DMA on the franchise have shared a few online. Dailly's tweet is the first high-profile reference to the publishers’ mission to have all such content removed, but his charge suggests Rockstar is currently targeting them.

As for GTA 6, it’s been reported that the inbound game will be set in a Miami-inspired location and feature a female protagonist.

Another report has made claims of Rockstar being intent on releasing single-player DLC for the title following complaints over the absence of such as it pertains to GTA 5. The game’s developers instead chose to focus on Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA Online, with the latter’s success largely unexpected but are reportedly reverting to earlier plans.

Bloomberg notes GTA 6's launch is at least two years away despite it being in the works since 2014.

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