Seven months after threatening to do so, the tabloid favorite filed suit against Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive Software Wednesday, saying the creators of Grand Theft Auto V used her image and likeness without her permission.
The daughter of the New York mobster responsible for the downfall of infamous mob boss John Gotti is suing Rockstar Games, saying the developer used her life story in Grand Theft Auto V without her permission.
Karen Gravano, daughter of Sammy “The Bull” Gravano and a former star of the VH1 reality series “Mob Wives,” alleges that a character in the best-selling crime game, Antonia Bottino, is based on her image and life story.
As an olive branch to players who have suffered through server woes, vanishing characters and a variety of other technical hiccups marring the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online, Rockstar Games has announced plans to give players $500,000 of in-game money.
Since the launch of Grand Theft Auto V, fans have been eagerly waiting to start exploring the game’s new multiplayer mode. Early Tuesday morning, that mode launched — but most players are still waiting to play it.
As seems to happen with so many major online game launches, Rockstar and Take Two were unprepared for the massive influx of players, causing the game’s servers to be overwhelmed and preventing most players from being able to log in and explore the compelling new mode.
With Grand Theft Auto V shattering entertainment industry sales records, the Houser Brothers and the team at Rockstar Games have once again justified the freedom and independence Take-Two affords them.
They’ve also got the gaming world wondering what they’ll do next.
A bug in Grand Theft Auto V is causing cars and car upgrades to disappear when players park vehicles in the game’s various garages, which are supposed to be save points. As a result, Rockstar is warning fans not to use those garages until they can solve the problem.
Sales of Grand Theft Auto V have topped $1 billion a mere three days after the game was released, easily setting a new record for the entertainment industry.
That’s when Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive Software will release “Grand Theft Auto V,” the first new full game in the series in five years—and analysts expect it to be one of the biggest releases of the year.
So when The Scotsman reported that the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V had cost a stunning £170 million ($266 million) to develop and market, that raised a few eyebrows.
Every Thursday, I join Chris Salcedo and Rachel Sutherland on the mid-day edition of America’s Radio News Network to discuss trends and news in the technology and video game space. This week’s topics were Blackberry’s last-ditch effort to remain relevant in the mobile space, the unexpectedly long delay of Grand Theft Auto V and why this is the best time of the year to buy an HD TV.