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Mr.Arrow

Leslie Benzies sues TT for $150M in unpaid royalties

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Mr.Arrow

http://www.polygon.com/2016/4/12/11414028/leslie-The Benz-lawsuit-rockstar-north-take-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, Mr. 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.

...

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.

...

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, Mr. The Benz was then ordered to leave by the Rockstar North office manager without reason,"
according to the statement.

...

 

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Grantestos

So who will win this ?

Im betting my money on take two

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ClaudeSpeed1911

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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Osho

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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XenoxX

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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Veroder

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

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ClaudeSpeed1911

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

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MyName'sJeff

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

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Piggsy pls

I wonder what really lead to all this though?

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Sergiu

Take Two pulled another Rockstar Vienna? Unbelievable. -sarcasm-

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Moth

Well, this is going to get interesting...

 

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

Edited by Moth

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BenDeR

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, Mr. 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.

Edited by BenDeR_

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KY Jello

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!

Edited by Zello

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Legomanarthur

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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Red Hat

I wonder what really lead to all this though?

Shark cards.

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Member's Only

Kojima 2.0

 

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

Edited by GradeA-Hole

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Jerking For Soup
when were you when rokstar dies?


i was sat at home eating pizza when gtaforum thred is mad


‘rokstar is kill’


‘no’

Edited by - Ballistics -

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XenoxX

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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Dee.

https://twitter.com/BrendanSinclair/status/719927316466561024

 

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

 

 

https://www.scribd.com/doc/308190056/Leslie-The Benz-v-Take-Two-and-Rockstar-Games

 

Counter claim by Take 2

 

He basically saved RDR and helped mold out R* from 2001- present. Gonna be strange without him

Edited by FutoLover

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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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Cr!minal

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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FriendlyFireOFF

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

 

 

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RM76

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

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Dee.

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. Edited by FutoLover

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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.

Edited by RedDagger
please don't bypass the swear filter

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Dee.

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.

Edited by FutoLover

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Hunter

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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ClaudeSpeed1911

 

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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FriendlyFireOFF

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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