GTA IV Pirates Make Rockstar Sad

sadkitty2-1.jpgWell, I hope you’re happy, people who downloaded leaked copies of GTA IV; you made Rockstar cry. The developer recently responded to the news that GTA IV had leaked onto various torrent sites and racked up downloads in the tens of thousands so far. Their response is almost a little pitiful:

It’s difficult. It’s hard to think that so many are willing to download the games and are unwilling to support us with all the efforts we put into it.

I have to admit, it is a little sad and ironic that their game is so hotly anticipated that such a large number of people are willing to snag the game illegally just to get an early taste. Of course, I do wonder if those people realize that they’re being tracked by Rockstar as we speak and will probably face some repercussions for not having the patience to wait one extra week?

Via WhatIfGaming

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23 Comments on GTA IV Pirates Make Rockstar Sad


On April 24, 2008 at 4:53 pm

They are only tracked if their ps3 or xbox 360 is online with the game on, gamers who dont have internet access on their consoles could play it for free now


On April 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm

Hopefully these pirates actually go out and buy the game. At least they’ll be able to walk away with a shred of dignity if they do that.


On April 24, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Stupid pirates stop doing this your making their sales go bad jeeez.


On April 24, 2008 at 7:12 pm

hekynn piracy will never go away its just a fact of life, the game industry suffers approx 80% loss in sales due to piracy, the only methods of stopping it are digital distibution (steam way) or limited use of the game (bioshock way, install 3 times only on up to 5 computers)


On April 24, 2008 at 7:13 pm

how about a little clarification…this is a Rockstar/Microsoft problem. No one is pirating PS3 copies of GTAIV. I don’t know why this story hasn’t been corrected. People who play on Microsoft’s console are the real pirates here.


On April 24, 2008 at 7:27 pm

People that complain about piracy must not be able to get the games they want for free. Funny thing is i bet they pirate the sh*t out of music. Don’t complain about something your just jealous you can’t do your self. Yeah this means that if ya want this game you will have to successfully mod you x360 via dvd-rom hack. I love this stuff i remember when people like you guys where waiting in lines when halo 2 dropped and i had it 2 months before it came out :lol: neener neener.


On April 24, 2008 at 7:34 pm

ya anyone that has this pirated will be stupid to sign in to xbox live or use their account online, u know money soft always shuts them down. but yes piracy will always be here, movies, music, games, its all good for those that want it. as for Xbox live its just to valuable to loose that. thats why id never mod my 360, as for other consoles. no comment :twisted:

da soc

On April 24, 2008 at 11:15 pm

Do note that most pirates just torrent games to take them for a “test drive.” I’ve bought 50% of the games I’ve torrented. They’re really more like demos, since you’re missing so many features with the torrent because you can’t get online and such.


On April 25, 2008 at 2:01 am

I am honest enough to say, i would download the game NOW and play it half an hour after the download is finished if there wouldn´t be the best copy-protection in the world: The Fear Of RROD – especially in this case !
I would still buy the game the day it is released (unless it sucks, but i doubt that). Now i can´t really visit any game forums because i would be spoilered to death. ;)
And i wish MS and Rockstar would make it easier for me to preorder the game. I live in germany – but i want the english version. Can anybody tell me if the german game version includes the english soundtrack ? Nope. No retailer, no MS guy, not even the nice guys from Rockstar (yeah, i spend time asking them).
I would love to have this weekend to play the game (releasing on a monday is MEAN!!).
Why i don´t simply preorder the UK version ? Because it is more expensive (shipping), and dvdboxoffice (which would be cheapest) lists the (us version of the) game as Region 1 US. Now i wait until the release, check out the forums and then buy the game where i get an english version.
I need to get a PS3 and this problem would be done with (they can always be imported). This is a time i am frustrated with my 360 (okay, i love it most of the time ;) ).
Still i fell a bit with the guys at Rockstar, i doubt that many of the downloaders will be buying the game now ( not being able to go online with a copy is a myth i think, i don´t think they have a safe system to verify if a game is a copy). Still i guess lots of modded console owners will suffer these days, a game like GTA is just the perfect candidate to overheat a console and make it RED. Still, it gets the bad guys the same as the (not so bad) guys that just want to play early.


On April 25, 2008 at 3:02 am

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hekynn says:
April 24th, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Stupid pirates stop doing this your making their sales go bad jeeez.

Not only that, but the rest of us, that actually PAY for the games, have to put up with prices climbing, because of the s not paying.


On April 25, 2008 at 9:27 am

Ninjas are way better than pirates. :cool:

Go Marlins!!!!


On April 25, 2008 at 10:45 am

Even if I could, much less wanted, to pirate GTA4, I simply can not do that right now with finals and all happening next week. Thankfully GTA4′s release timing is nearly perfect since my last final is April 30th. I shudder to think what my situation would be if GTA4 had been released earlier.


On April 25, 2008 at 10:51 am

Steve two weeks earlier and i guess your finals might not have been the “finals” but just the test run :mrgreen:


On April 25, 2008 at 1:26 pm

If people are willing to pirate a console GTAIV in such large numbers, then I shudder to think what will happen if/when the PC version comes out, what will happen to it? Will Rockstar even CONSIDER making a GTAIV PC port now? :mad:


On April 26, 2008 at 11:11 pm

Well the people that torrented it are stupid , because if sales for games do bad that means no sequel. Dont think sales for grand theft auto will be bad but for games in general. I will admit I have torrented games before but I have only torrented games that I cant find to buy any more I never torrent new games. I like to support the people that put together the games.


On April 27, 2008 at 1:30 am

next gta should be exclusive to the ps3 then lets see how many copies get pirated


On April 27, 2008 at 11:48 am

They would be stupid to make it PS3 only , sales would go down because not as large of a audience as they would with 2 consoles


On May 11, 2008 at 5:06 am



On December 3, 2008 at 11:40 am

I love Grand Theft Auto…I love Rockstar, and i trust Rockstar…That’s why i’m not going to download the game illegally…I AM GOING TO BUY IT!!! If you are reading this, and if you really like Grand Theft Auto IV, then BUY IT TOO. IF YOU LIKE ANY GAME YOU DOWNLOADED…YOU SHOULD REALLY BUY IT; And i think Team Reloaded agrees with me. Peace, & Long Live GTA


On December 3, 2008 at 3:57 pm

hey Nicholas
your a hypocrite you can find games all over at online stores. via digital downloads and other means.
your just a little douch bag and just to let you know i dont buy i pirate the hell out of everything music,games (mac & pc),moovees,teevee shows you name it i steal it so eat a diiiiiiiccccckkkk !!!


On July 27, 2013 at 11:58 pm

i hope gta 5 will be available on pc :/
this is the best game 4ever


On October 26, 2013 at 1:50 pm

repercussions, gta5 only on consoles, gj guys, gj.

Mustavi Sadi

On November 26, 2015 at 4:33 am

Rockstar deserved it. Shame on you Rockstar, for making such ty unoptimized games.