'Grand Theft Auto' Maker Slams BBC Drama Starring Daniel Radcliffe
"What exactly is this random, made up bollocks?" tweeted Rockstar Games during the broadcast of 'The Gamechangers.'
Rockstar Games isn't exactly enamored with the BBC.
On Tuesday evening, the U.K. public broadcaster aired new drama The Gamechangers — already the subject of a lawsuit from the Grand Theft Auto video game maker — starring Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar co-founder Sam Houser. The story centered around the company's hugely successful release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in 2004 and its tussles with Christian lawyer Jack Thompson, who believed Rockstar's games were to blame for violence among children.
But despite the drama stating that it had been made without Rockstar's authorization, the company made its feelings known quickly — and clearly.
"What exactly is this random, made up bollocks?" it tweeted from its official account during the broadcast.
@BBC Was Basil Brush busy? What exactly is this random, made up bollocks?— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) September 15, 2015
Elsewhere, former game developers who had worked on the Grand Theft Auto series also aired their displeasure.
We need a new game engine! <change scene> So...we've made a new game engine... *sigh* #TheGamechangers— Mike Dailly™ (@mdf200) September 15, 2015
When the drama was announced earlier in the year, Rockstar announced that it was filing a trademark infringement lawsuit against the BBC.
"While holders of the trademarks referenced in the film title and its promotion, Rockstar Games has had no involvement with this project," it said in a statement at the time.
"Our goal is to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC's 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."