Rockstar has publicly lambasted the BBC for producing a drama about the development of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The production, entitled, “The Gamechangers” charts the emotions of Rockstar producer, Sam Houser and stars everyone’s favourite wizard, Harry Potter, I mean Daniel Radcliffe. Bizarrely, Rockstar wasn’t even consulted about the drama and had no involvement in the story. This seems like a massive oversight as first-hand accounts from Rockstar staff would have greatly improved the plot’s accuracy.
The drama finally aired on September 15th and Rockstar proclaimed how absurd its production was and said:
Mainstream media has always been terrible at reporting video games and this is just another example. Grand Theft Auto V was highly-publicized for being violent and becoming the most successful entertainment launch ever. The BBC could have consulted with Rockstar and made a truly-brilliant production. Instead, they opted for a haphazard approach without any major research. Rockstar has already filled a trademark lawsuit against the BBC and they only have themselves to blame.
As video-games become even more widely accepted, mainstream media will attempt to cash in on that success. Frankly, this latest attempt is rather embarrassing and doesn’t help the BBC’s cause when trying to outline the value of the license fee.