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Posted 12 April 2016 - 04:11 PM

http://www.polygon.c...two-interactive

The Benz, former president of Rockstar North and one of the lead producers on the Grand Theft Auto games, is suing Take-Two Interactive for $150 million in unpaid royalties, alleging that the company tried to force him out after he took a sabbatical.

Reports that The Benz had left the company emerged in January, following a sabbatical that began in September 2014. But according to a statement provided by Christopher Bakes, partner at the law firm Locke Lorde LLP, "while on sabbatical, The Benz discovered numerous deceptions on the part of Take-Two, Rockstar, Rockstar North Ltd, Sam Houser and Dan Houser, who sought to force him out of the company and terminate his portion of royalty payments based upon arbitrary actions by the company's royalty Allocation Committee, a committee that may or may not have actually ever met."

These alleged deceptions, according to Bakes, include unpaid royalties worth over $150 million. The lawsuit specifically cites the "mounting resentments" of Sam Houser, one of the co-founders of Rockstar Games, which allegedly led to The Benz' denial of compensation and eventual ousting.

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In the statement detailing his legal complaint, The Benz' contract with and payment from Take-Two was said to be identical to that of the Housers until his departure.

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The Benz tells it differently. In the statement about the lawsuit, he claims to have attempted to return to work on April 1, 2015, only to find that his key had been deactiviated.

"After being let inside by building security, The Benz was then ordered to leave by the Rockstar North office manager without reason,"
according to the statement.

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 04:14 PM

So who will win this ?
Im betting my money on take two
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Posted 12 April 2016 - 04:26 PM

I knew something was up when the whole cash cards/no SP dlc thing came up and this just proves it.

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 04:34 PM

My immediate reaction: Forget about SP DLC, now. Its not happening.
Also, Sam Houser and Dan Houser, who sought to force him out of the company is a shocking piece of news. Housers are such assholes trying to oust Leslie.
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Posted 12 April 2016 - 04:58 PM

What bullsh*t, f*ck Rockstar for trying to force the main brain behind Grand Theft Auto out of the company....

 

For what damn reason even?

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 04:58 PM

His departure did feel kinda fishy, but... Holy. F*cking. Sh*t.

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 04:58 PM

GTA as we know it is done. Leslie was responsible for the over all design of the game.

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:02 PM

TT and anyone else who were responsible for forcing him out can get cancer. kthxbai.

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:07 PM

I wonder what really lead to all this though?

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:11 PM

Take Two pulled another Rockstar Vienna? Unbelievable. -sarcasm-
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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:14 PM Edited by Moth, 12 April 2016 - 05:15 PM.

Well, this is going to get interesting...

 

So it seems he really got fired, since he was forced to quit.


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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:17 PM Edited by BenDeR_, 12 April 2016 - 05:17 PM.

The Benz tells it differently. In the statement about the lawsuit, he claims to have attempted to return to work on April 1, 2015, only to find that his key had been deactiviated.
 
"After being let inside by building security, The Benz was then ordered to leave by the Rockstar North office manager without reason,"according to the statement.

 
He must've thought it was an April Fool.

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:19 PM Edited by Zello, 12 April 2016 - 07:24 PM.

Well... this is the end for R* I guess

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It's the end of days save yourselves before it's too late!

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:22 PM

And I thought he left because he was just tired of working there, if this is true there's definitely something wrong with R* and/or TT.

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:24 PM

I wonder what really lead to all this though?

Shark cards.

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:25 PM Edited by GradeA-Hole, 12 April 2016 - 05:26 PM.

Kojima 2.0

 

Hope this hits Rockstar hard but it's probably just wishful thinking. 

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:28 PM Edited by - Ballistics -, 12 April 2016 - 05:29 PM.

when were you when rokstar dies?
 
i was sat at home eating pizza when gtaforum thred is mad
 
‘rokstar is kill’
 
‘no’
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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:28 PM

Take-Two filed a countersuit against The Benz. It's actually a pretty interesting read. 

 

https://www.scribd.c...-Leslie-Benzies

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:29 PM

I wonder what really lead to all this though?

If I had to make an assumption:

Leslie went on sabbatical, leaving the Story DLC to be developed by R*.

 

Sam and Dan Houser cancelled the Story DLC and developed Online Updates instead, causing a huge mess and overload.

 

They though they could produce Story DLC before Leslie returned, however they didn't even start it, and because they are little pussys they f*cked him over and fired him....

 

For real though,

I guess this was something related to internal issues over game design etc.

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:29 PM Edited by FutoLover, 12 April 2016 - 05:31 PM.

https://twitter.com/...927316466561024

Hilarious tweet describing how pathetic and incapable the housers are without "the benz" lol


https://www.scribd.c...-Rockstar-Games

Counter claim by Take 2

He basically saved RDR and helped mold out R* from 2001- present. Gonna be strange without him
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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:29 PM

when were you when rockstar dies?
 
i was sat at home eating pizza when gtaforum thred is mad
‘rockstar is kill’
 
‘no’

I was smoking a Kool watching 'The Wire'.

Then I opened my browser.
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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:30 PM

Without The Benz being there, I'm really sceptical about the future of Rockstar Games as a whole.
He was the driving force behind GTA and RDR production and finding replacement that can deliver equally is gonna be a challange.

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:31 PM

F**king HELL  :sui: :sui: :sui: :sui: :sui: :sui: :sui: :sui: :sui: :sui:

 

 


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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:31 PM

I knew some sh*t like this would come up eventually.

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:32 PM Edited by FutoLover, 12 April 2016 - 05:37 PM.

Without The Benz being there, I'm really sceptical about the future of Rockstar Games as a whole.
He was the driving force behind GTA and RDR production and finding replacement that can deliver equally is gonna be a challange.

My thoughts exactly.
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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:33 PM Edited by RedDagger, 12 April 2016 - 05:37 PM. please don't bypass the swear filter

Without The Benz being there, I'm really sceptical about the future of Rockstar Games as a whole.
He was the driving force behind GTA and RDR production and finding replacement that can deliver equally is gonna be a challange.

He was also part of so many people's childhood.

Hopefully this gains that same traction that the Kojipro/c*ntnami fiasco got.
 
Also from now on I will refer to Rockstar as Cockstar as a feel good measure.
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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:37 PM Edited by FutoLover, 12 April 2016 - 05:38 PM.

This basically explains why R* games take so long to make. They turn up an unplayable mess until The Benz cleans it up

The new red dead might suck :(

End of an era.
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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:37 PM

Way to show their gratitude for his helping them make the game (!)

 

I'm holding off a strong urge to call them C*ckstar right now, I really am. I'll just call them bast**ds instead.

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:37 PM

 

when were you when rokstar dies?
 
i was sat at home eating pizza when gtaforum thred is mad
 
‘rokstar is kill’
 
‘no’

 

"I poke my head out of thI poke my head out of the gutter for one freakin' second, and fate shovels sh*t in my face!"
 
I was watching Vinesauce (Vinewreastle 2016).
 
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Posted 12 April 2016 - 05:38 PM

This basically explains why R* games take so long to make. They turn up an unplayable mess until The Benz cleans it up

The new red dead might suck :(

Who says it even exists at this point?

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