Rockstar Pays $30.00 to Customers Offended by Hot Coffee but Take-Two’s Bill is Much Higher Than That

The 2,676 people who filed claims against Rockstar in the “Hot Coffee” class action lawsuit will be splitting a monetary settlement of less than $30,000, according to the New York Times.

The contents of the settlement which Jonathan reported yesterday, stated that the customers who were offended by the sexual mini-game in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas would be granted anywhere from $5 to $35 each, or a revised edition of the game. Those who were “offended” had to enter a certain code to even get to the content, so if they did it was their own fault in the first place if they were offended.

Take-Two stated that the claims amount to less than $30,000 but unfortunately the company spent $1.3 million in legal fees. Add to this the $860,000 charitable donation the company agreed to and you get a bill totaling $2.19 million plus the production cost of the altered game and the distribution of it.

However, there is still the possibility, although small, that the civil lawsuit can still go to trial. The  settlement will go before Manhattan’s Federal District Court for final approval next Wednesday, so keep your eyes peeled for more details.

Via: New York Times

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6 Comments on Rockstar Pays $30.00 to Customers Offended by Hot Coffee but Take-Two’s Bill is Much Higher Than That


On June 26, 2008 at 11:31 am

OK, this is stupid, if anyone out there owns a GTA game you know its gonna have REAL LIFE situations, sex, drugs, alcohol and murder, car theft (that is the name of the game). so yes if your smart enough to use the cheat code to see it, you should be a responsible adult and not let your children play GTA and if you the adult are offended, you shouldnt have put the freakin code in


On June 26, 2008 at 12:39 pm

@Dustin: Its more the part that its hidden and probably wasnt stated to esrb etc etc aka didnt go on the back of the box in the rating section like this stuff should.


On June 27, 2008 at 7:39 am

Those people shouldn’t have gotten a dime. It says right in the article “those people had to enter a code in the game to even see the offending content”. It’s their own fault, they did it on their own.


On June 27, 2008 at 8:08 am

@Matt Missed the point … Its something that falls in against the law unless stated and R* should have stated when it was put in and on the box.


On May 21, 2009 at 6:00 pm

No, it’s not a code, its an actual modification to the game.
Strait out of the box there is no way to access this content ingame.


On May 26, 2009 at 7:48 am

“Rockstar Pays >$30,00< to Customers Offended by Hot Coffee but Take-Two’s Bill is Much Higher Than That”

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