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GTA VI leak is the latest in gaming history

Grand Theft Auto V was the best-selling game of the decade in the US.

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Rockstar Games confirmed today that it has been hacked by an external source The footage in development for Grand Theft Auto VI was revealed over the weekend. Dozens of videos have been uploaded online showing the title in progress, revealing previously reported details as well as something completely new.

The hackers who allegedly succeeded in the theft were by accessing the company’s Slack. They also claim that they have the GTA VI source code and will upload it. Rockstar has since responded, saying it suffered a “cyber intrusion” and was “extremely disappointed.” Big game release. The gaming industry has seen several incidents of hackers stealing and/or exposing details of upcoming games.

Half-Life 2 hack

One of the most notorious examples of Half-Life 2 leaks In 2003, a German hacker leaked an early version of the game more than a year before its official release. Hacker Axel Gembe claimed he did so out of frustration with the lack of new information. He also inadvertently (again claimed) leaked the source code and made it available to those who uploaded it to the internet. He told Eurogamer, “Of course, there’s bragging rights. But the person who shared the source with me assured me that he would keep it a secret. He didn’t.”

You can still go online Find footage from the unfinished version of Half-Life 2. While it resembles the final product, it’s clearly still in development. Valve’s Gabe Newell asked the Half-Life community for help after the leak, and Gembe eventually pleaded guilty. Half-Life 2 was finally released in November 2004 and sold at least 12 million copies worldwide. If nothing else, we can learn from the leak that such setbacks don’t necessarily affect the life of the game.

Nintendo data breach

Another victim of a major leak – possibly the world’s largest leak in recent memory, until the GTA VI hack – was Nintendo. More specifically, it was the victim of multiple leaks in 2020, including source code for several of its games and consoles. The leaks spanned multiple generations of consoles and games, including the Wii, Gamecube, several Pokémon games, and Mario games. The amount of information leaked in “Gigaleak” is almost unheard of.

This leak didn’t hurt the companies involved as much as others on this list, if only because the games and consoles in question were released long ago. It does take a naive look at some classic games before they launch, including unused content. However, while the monetary damage may be small, it is still information and images not intended for Nintendo’s audience.

EA, Capcom and CD Projekt RED

Such incidents seem to be more common these days — or at least, more public. EA reports that it was hacked in 2020, with thieves stealing the source code for the Frostbite engine, FIFA 21, and other tools. Hackers tried to extort information from EA and leaked it online after EA refused.

EA is just one of many companies reporting this type of fraud in 2020. Both Capcom and CD Projekt RED are targets for the same year. Those with access to Capcom’s information revealed several games in development that have been officially revealed, including Street Fighter 6 and Dragon’s Creed 2. CD Projekt RED’s hack includes employee information and details on Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3. Hackers claim to have sold some of the information after failing to extort CDPR.

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