Take Two taken to court

Written by Ryan Garside

June 27, 2006 // 12:22 p.m.

Tags: #esrb #grand-theft-auto #hot-coffee #san-andreas #sex #take-two

The thought that perhaps all the nonsense with the Hot Coffee mod might now be resolved was cast aside today, when Take Two released a statement announcing that the company has received a subpoena from the District Attorney of the County of New York, with the State contemplating a lawsuit.

Take Two, who are fully cooperating with the authorities are to produce all documents:

"Including those relating to: the knowledge of the Company's officers and directors regarding the creation, inclusion and programming of hidden scenes (commonly referred to as "hot coffee") in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the submission of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to the Entertainment Software Rating Board for a rating, and the Company's disclosures regarding hot coffee; disclosures and presentations by the Company of certain events, including acquisitions, partnering arrangements and earnings results; invoices from, payments to, and termination of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and retention of Ernst & Young LLP."

The company faced a massive backlash after the Hot Coffee sensation receiving criticism from practically everyone including Hillary Clinton and even the Sex Workers Outreach Project.

Take-Two initially claimed the sexually explicit content was a third party mod but it was later discovered that it was built into every version of the game – the resulting re-rate in the US had severe financial ramifications for Take-Two who are now fearing a second massive expense for the ill fated mod.

Rumours are flying round as to why this has all come back into the limelight but until more information is uncovered why not give your opinion over in the forums?

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