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Former Grand Theft Auto producer Leslie Benzies suffers setback in royalty lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive

The Supreme Court has dismissed his royalty claims

Raymond Bakker
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Friday, April 6, 2018 | 11:07 GMT
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Former Grand Theft Auto producer Leslie Benzies suffers setback in royalty lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive

Friday, April 6, 2018 | 11:07 GMT
Raymond Bakker
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Raymond Bakker


Former Grand Theft Auto producer and game developer Leslie Benzies has suffered a setback in his royalty lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive. Benzies left the company's Rockstar Games studio in 2015.

Benzies filed the lawsuit in 2016 when he claimed $150 million US in unpaid royalties, alleging that the company forced him out after he took a 17-month sabbatical after the launch of Grand Theft Auto V.

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The initial lawsuit documents featured several interesting e-mail exchanges that not only showed the close connection between Benzies and the Houser brothers, it also gave an insight in the chaotic way Rockstar Games was managed and how it developed titles.

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This comment has been removed. Less money for Everywhere

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This comment has been removed. Sad for him but kind of expected considering they only care about the money and everyone getting in between them and the money will perish

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This comment has been removed. I don't know why T2 doing stuff like this. Benzies is the one of the greatest game-producers and designer at R*, 'cause he was doing great games since early 2000s. He's masterpiece was portable CW-part ( https://rawg.io/games/grand-theft-auto-chinatown-wars ) - one of the best from all series. Hope now he ok.

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