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Take-Two Take Down Goat Simulator 3 Ad for Using GTA VI Leaks

By Cecil Gao
Jan. 4, 2023 updated 04:00

Goat Simulator has been wild on Twitter for years. They are used to joking around with IRL celebrities, news and video games by attaching that crazy goat to them.

However, the studio met their Waterloo in the field of goat memes recently when they picked a fight with Rockstar Games' parent company Take-Two.

The whole thing started when Goat Simulator used some of Rockstar's GTA VI footage, which had been leaked by hackers in September, in a prank ad video.

The video focuses on a goat named Shaun. In an interview, Shaun tells the audience about his experience working as an NPC in the game. At the end of the video, he reveals that he is currently participating in a big title, in a game that was leaked a few months ago. Then the camera turns and plays the previously leaked footage of GTA VI.

Although it is a funny ad, Rockstar's parent company Take-Two apparently does not find it funny.

As we all know, Take-Two's legal department has struck a lot in recent years. Not only scrutinizing player mod communities more and more closely, Take-Two has also sued a number of companies over trademark copyright issues, including Hazelight Studios, which developed It Takes Two.

The GTA VI leak is undoubtedly a heavy blow to them, so they requested that Twitter remove the video immediately.

At first, only the video was removed, and Goat Simulator replied to players with a Simpsons meme to express their feelings, but they apparently didn’t realize the seriousness of the incident.

Within a few hours, the video had been taken down across Goat Simulator 3’s channels. Take-Two has additionally been taking down all re-uploads of the footage on YouTube.

Whether Take-Two will take further legal action is yet to be seen. However, many people commented on the Twitter post that they would definitely purchase Goat Simulator 3 to show support. After all, it was hilarious to see Take-Two getting so mad. It looks like no matter how this incident ends, the goat still wins.