Video game developer Rockstar (best known for the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) game series) and publisher Take Two, have announced that they are suing the BBC for trademark infringement over its new documentary ‘Game Changer’.
BBCs ‘Game Changer’ documentary focuses on how the GTA-franchise was initially created at Rockstar, and on the impact the video game had on the world. The fifth edition of the game (GTA V) has sold over 50 million copies! It is supposed to be aired in 2016, and involves big actors like Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter).
Rockstar does not seem fond of BBCs initiative: “Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBCs pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games. We have attempted multiple times to resolve this matter with the BBC without any meaningful resolution. It is our obligation to protect our intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation was necessary”.
Whether the BBC will bring the two companies in to work on the project, or if they will face the legal battle, is unclear at this point.